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Paul Perkins

New York Giants

Perkins Not Ideal For 0-RB


Many fantasy analysts are valuing Perkins very high due to reports that he could be a 3 down back for the Giants.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have produced only 11 rushing TDs over the past two years. They have failed to have a 1,000 yard rusher since 2012 nor have they produced a PPR RB over RB20 since 2011. Perkins who lost college rushes to a Linebacker has limited upside in the Giants offense.


07/24/17, 11:47 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Buffalo Bills

Watkins All The Way Back?


"After the season finale in New York, he said he hoped to avoid surgery, but days later elected to have the procedure done. His rehab appears to be on schedule, as he was able to participate in a few team drills before the Bills wrapped up their spring practices. With six weeks between mandatory minicamp and start of training camp, Watkins should be close to 100 percent when camp starts Thursday."

Fantasy Goo: Watkins has WR1 upside when he is healthy and he is currently being drafted in the third round. Others that have gone through this procedure and have come back to full upside include; Julian Edelman, Dez Bryant, and Julio Jones.


07/23/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: buffalonews.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Lacy Loses Weight, Gains Primary Role


“Lacy is the favorite to start over Thomas Rawls, who will still have a role. At a minimum, C.J. Prosise will be the third-down back and a big factor in the passing game.”

Fantasy Goo: In the five games he started last year, Lacy averaged over five yards a carry, all of Rawls value stems from four random, good games he had against weak defenses in 2015. Lacy’s biggest competition is going to come from Prosise. Prosise is a converted from receiver in college and at 6’, 220lbs, has the size-speed combo to take over as the primary back.


07/23/17, 06:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.espn.com


Robert Kelley

Washington Redskins

Fat Rob Gets the Nod


Rob Kelley is slated to be the starting RB in Washington, however Perine will still have the opportunity to play a big role in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Though Perine may be the higher scoring back in 2017, getting a couple early games from Kelley could be very valuable given his low draft cost.


07/23/17, 01:37 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: rotoworld.com


Duke Johnson

Cleveland Browns

Duke Johnson In The Slot


As reported by Mary Cay Cabot, Duke Johnson is likely to take over slot WR work from Andrew Hawkins who is now a Patriot. This depends on Josh Gordon's status if he is granted reinstatement in September.

Fantasy Goo: Until we get news on Gordon, Duke Johnson should be in line to see about 50 additional targets in 3 WR sets. This number will likely be allocating among Johnson, Njoku and DeValve.


07/23/17, 01:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

Last Hurrah for Palmer?


"Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." After finding the right work-out regimen Palmer was the number 8 QB over the last eight weeks of the season. David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

Fantasy Goo: Palmer could be the reason why late-round QB works this year, with an ADP around QB20 Carson has real bounce back potential and is practically free. The stat to watch to indicate 2017 success will be decreasing his league high 137 hits from 2016.


07/22/17, 01:43 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nfl.com


Zach Miller

Chicago Bears

Bears Overload at TE


Miller's contract has one year remaining with a base salary of $1.5 million and the issue the Bears have to tackle is if they can take a chance knowing Miller's durability issues. He has played in 25 games and missed 23 since joining the team in 2014. The only free agent that received more guaranteed money than quarterback Mike Glennon was Dion Sims, who signed an $18 million, three-year contract with $10 million guaranteed, ensuring he will be a big part of Dowell Loggains' offense.

Fantasy Goo: The Bears are five deep at TE right now after drafting Adam Shaheen, acquiring Daniel Brown from Baltimore, and signing UDFA Ben Braunecker. Miller seems like the odd man out here and that’s why he is no longer a late-round flyer in deep leagues. I’ve switched gears to Dion Sims simply because of his athleticism and the Bears investment in him as an every-down TE.


07/22/17, 01:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.chicagotribune.com


Anquan Boldin

Detroit Lions

Boldin Trying Buffalo


Boldin will be working out for the Bills on Monday (7/24) “Boldin, 36, led the Lions with 22 red zone targets last season. He had 67 catches and a career-high eight touchdowns, though he averaged a career-worst 8.7 yards per grab (584 yards in total).” The Bills are looking pretty shallow at WR at this point, they’ll probably be looking to have a few other guys in as well.

Fantasy Goo: This could cut into any upside we were hoping for from Zay Jones, although you could argue that they are much different types of receivers that just happen to both work out of the slot. Boldin will certainly vulture some TD’s from the wide receivers, but it absolutely crushes any chance of Charles Clay having any value and probably snakes away a little of Johnathan Williams receiving potential.


07/22/17, 12:17 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Jones to Compete for WR2


Zay Jones' and his 399 college reception record could make an immediate impact as he performed favorable to Sterling Shepard in college.

Fantasy Goo: Jones' is many fantasy analysts favorite among rookie WRs in 2017. With the 167 vacated targets among Woods, Goodwin and Hunter, Zay has upside as a fantasy WR3.


07/21/17, 12:35 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: prod.www.bills.clubs.nfl.com


Will Tye

New York Giants

Coughlin May Bring Giants to JAX


The Giants have reportedly started shopping Will Tye and Tom Coughlin may be a suitor. If Tye is traded it would convey their plans to use Engram could be immediate.

Fantasy Goo: Although rookie TE's have historically lacked production, Engram is more of a big slot WR. If they move Tye Engram will likely split time in teh slot with Sterling Shepard and could be worth a late round flier after we saw Shepard score 8 TDs in the same position.


07/21/17, 12:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Geronimo Allison

Green Bay Packers

Geronimo Suspended For Opener


Geronimo Allison is suspended for Week 1 due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Goo: It is worth noting that Geronimo put up 4 catches for 91 yards and a score Week 17 when Jordy was being shadowed by Darrius Slay. He could be nice DFS play in games Jordy gets shadowed and Cobb or Adams are inactive.


07/21/17, 12:14 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Braxton Miller

Houston Texans

Braxton A Breakout WR?


QB Guru George Whitfield thinks Braxton Miller could take a dramatic step forward as a WR

Fantasy Goo: September 7, 2015. That was when Braxton took a direct snap, scrambled left and then put a spin move on the Virginia Tech defense that froze in time and broke Twitter. Miller was an all around stud in college and has Julian Edelman type potential. He could be worth a very late round pick, but keep him on your radar.


07/21/17, 11:25 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley Could See More Targets in 2017


Sean McVay recently went on ESPN LA and talked about Jared Goff's development and how the Rams are looking to get Gurley more work in the passing game.

Fantasy Goo: Not known for his receiving skills, despite Dunbar coming to the Rams in the offseason, Sean McVay will travel by air to get Gurley into open space. McVay know's the O-Line is a work in progress, but Gurley is an animal in the open field.


07/21/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bellcow To Play On Franchise Tag


Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down the Steelers 5 year contract that averaged 12 million per year. That number is 50% higher than the next highest paid RB, LeSean McCoy.

Fantasy Goo: This was a ballsy move by Bell, he has stated that he wants to reset the RB market. Adrian Peterson's 2012 was one of the largest RB contracts as he amassed $20.1 million on his base + incentives. Le'Veon Bell is now the #1 player to have in 2017 playing on a contact year under the Franchise tag.


07/21/17, 10:08 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Dan Orlovsky

Detroit Lions

Rams Add Veteran QB


The Rams veteran journeyman Dan Orlovsky to backup their promising young QB Jared Goff. Orlovsky is rejoining his OC from his 2005 season in Detroit.

Fantasy Goo: Orlovsky's last effective game was in 2015 when he threw for 191 yards with a TD and an interception. Even if Goff goes down for an extended period of time Orlovsky has never shown the ability to have a fantasy presence.


07/21/17, 09:59 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Carlos Henderson Impresses in Broncos OTA’s


"Carlos is a great route-runner," fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said during OTAs. "He keeps his arms running through the cuts. I’ve been watching film on him and just seeing how he is. He is a technique guy."

Fantasy Goo: This offense has been missing the short-game middle of the field presence in the passing game from a TE or slot receiver. It’s hard to say how many opportunities are there with the QB situation the way it is and two premier receivers on the outside, but this report sounds like they are looking to create opportunities for him, even if it’s on special teams. His metrics profile compares best to Stealing Sheppard.


07/20/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverbroncos.com


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Re-sign RB Chris Johnson to One-year Contract


This is the perfect situation for everyone involved. Johnson obviously knows the offense, the Cardinals have a solid back-up and can bring their rookie along slowly. Ellington has moved to WR and Kerwynn Williams is comfortable with the offense, but certainly not a solid No.2.

Fantasy Goo:
It doesn’t move the needle for anyone’s value, David Johnson is still the number one or two overall pick and there was no “handcuff” on the radar to begin with. In the four games Chris Johnson was active last year he only did more than spell David in one game, when Arizona crushed Tennessee 40-7.


07/20/17, 04:11 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers First Round Pick Might Need Surgery


Reports on Mike Williams are mixed on whether he’ll need surgery or not for the herniated disk in his back, either way it seems unlikely that he will have anything to contribute this year. It seems like Schefter and Rapoport are having a little pissing contest as to whether Williams will actually need surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Draft Tyrell Williams as your WR3, he’s going after the 10th round right now, but that won’t happen for much longer. Keep Dontrell Inman on your radar, he could be a late round flyer in PPR leagues, with Allen out last year Inman finished with more PPR points than Ginn, Cobb and DeVante Parker.


07/20/17, 03:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Gary Barnidge

Cleveland Browns

Jaguars Meet With Barnidge


“Barnidge was released by Cleveland following this year's NFL Draft. The Browns used a first-round pick on Miami tight end David Njoku, who is set to take on Barnidge's playing time. If the Jaguars were to sign Barnidge, it would be a homecoming for the veteran tight end.”

Fantasy Goo: This means nothing, Barnidge will not have a repeat of his 2015 season. Barnidge is a solid blocking TE that had a spectacular year when there were no other options in the offense. The Jaguars aren’t very adept at using the TE either, Julius Thomas did next to nothing in his two years with the team.


07/20/17, 03:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.firstcoastnews.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else


When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.


07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

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 Football - Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

 

 

 

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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