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Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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

Source: pyromaniac.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


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

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


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

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


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

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


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

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


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

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


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

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Bills replace Watkins with Jordan Matthews


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

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


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

Source: pyromaniac.com

Thursday Night Fantasy Football - Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills

Thursday Night Fantasy Football - Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills

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Thursday Night Game – Week 11

 

Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills – 7:20pm CT on NFL Network

 


Quarterbacks

 

 

Ryan Tannehill - Pyro Character

Ryan TannehillTannehill definitely looks like a guy who can be a starting quarterback in this league for years to come, but it will take awhile before any sort of consistency is there, especially being on a team in transition like the Dolphins are. In Week 9, Ryan had a pretty nice game throwing for 290 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions while almost upsetting the Indianapolis Colts in their own place. However, what took place this last weekend at home against a bottom-tier Tennessee Titans defense (217 yards, no TDs and three INTs) goes to show that you really can’t trust a rookie QB no matter what the circumstances are.

 

Fantasy Call – The Bills have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this season and given up three times as many TDs as they have interceptions (fourth-worst percentage in the league), so this may very well LOOK like a matchup Tannehill could excel in. However, the Bills are also the worst in defending the run, so I expect Miami to try and dominate this game on the ground and take the onus off their rookie QB’s shoulders. If you have nobody else on your fantasy squad worth playing, Tannehill could be plugged in there as a starter as he’s actually put up low-end starter-type numbers every other week of the season thus far (last week was his “off-week”).

 

 

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Ryan Fitzpatrick - Pyro Character

Ryan FitzpatrickLast week, I decided to put my credibility on the line and list Ryan Fitzpatrick in my top-10 quarterbacks for the week (eighth, to be precise). Thank goodness for small miracles because as it turned out, the Harvard grad not only ended up in the top-10, but was within 0.04 fantasy points of landing in the exact spot I had him ranked. Fitz has another nice fantasy matchup this week and should do pretty well against a weak Miami secondary, but with so many other better QBs having solid matchups themselves, I can’t see top-10 numbers for a second game in a row.

 

Fantasy Call – The Dolphins have allowed the fifth-most passing yards per game this year and are only mediocre with regards INTs, so there’s really no reason for Fitz to have a poor game here. If my normal starting QB was on a bye or dealing with a concussion, I would have no problem turning to Fitzpatrick as my starter for the week. However, there are plenty of QBs out there I would get in my lineup first (like 13 of them – see my rankings for the week) before taking the chance.

 

 

Running Backs


 

Reggie Bush - Pyro Character

Reggie Bush – After fumbling in the first quarter against Tennessee last weekend, the Miami coaches pulled Reggie Bush from the game and didn’t give him another carry until the second half. When asked about it after the game, Bush fully complied with the coaches’ decision saying it was the right call to make. From a PR standpoint, of course, Bush did well to stand behind the call. From a fantasy owner and general competitor’s standpoint, I’d have to say that his willy-nilly acceptance of the benching is at the very least discouraging about his fantasy outlook for the rest of the season. It’s unfortunate, too, because the Dolphins backfield has one of the better matchups of the week going up against a weak-ass Buffalo run defense.

 

Fantasy Call – We’ll see how things shake out during the Dolphins short week of practice, but I can’t see a whole hell of a lot changing as it will likely come down to another timeshare out of the backfield with Bush and Daniel Thomas splitting carries. Reggie’s explosiveness gives him the edge over Thomas if you’re looking for big fantasy numbers this Thursday, but with Thomas being the goal-line back, there’s no guarantee Bush sniffs top-10 numbers regardless of the choice fantasy matchup.

 

Daniel Thomas - Pyro Character

Daniel Thomas – Thomas has been coming off the bench all year long and will likely continue to do so, but he’s definitely upped the ante of late—especially after his fine performance in relief of the benched Reggie Bush last weekend against the Titans. It wasn’t a life-changing performance by any means, but he did have 10 touches (to Bush’s five) which included an unexpected five receptions out of the backfield. Timeshare or not, his work as the goal-line back for the Dolphins could be the deciding factor that makes Thomas the better fantasy play this week than Bush.

 

Fantasy Call – The Bills run defense just might be the worst in the NFL as they find themselves at the bottom of the league in a number of different categories; yards per carry (5.5), rushing touchdowns allowed (16 total; 14 to RBs), rushing yards allowed and the most important of them all, most fantasy points allowed to RBs. If Thomas can get himself 15 touches over the course of this game, which I believe he will, then he could easily come out with low-end RB2 stats this week. He’s still a risk, however, as Bush could just as easily return to the lineup with a chip on his shoulder and take over the game against this porous Bills D.

 

Lamar Miller - Pyro Character

Lamar Miller – Miller will be a dynamic part of this offense for years to come, but he won’t get much play this season as long as the Dolphins continue to stay afloat in the AFC playoff hunt.

 

Fantasy Call – The Dolphins fourth-round steal is hardly even worth starting as a flex in 16-man leagues right now. 

 


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C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

C.J. SpillerEven though he’s been given double-digit carries in only four of his nine games while never securing more than 18 touches in any one game, C.J. Spiller has still found a way to put up the seventh-most fantasy points per game for running backs this season. His 7.3 yards per carry is the highest YPC in the league and despite only running the ball 87 times this year, his seven runs of 20 or more yards has him tied for second in that category as well (AP has 13 in 195 carries; McCoy has 7 in 162 carries). Basically, Spiller is not only the most under-utilized threat in the entire league, but possibly the most misused player since the turn of the century!

 

Fantasy Call – C.J. Spiller fantasy owners can finally dismantle the lynch mob and stop looking for Chan Gailey’s address as the Buffalo Bills coaching lunacy will all come to an end this Thursday night. With Fred Jackson already ruled out for the game, fantasy owners can safely pencil their savior-in-waiting into their RB1 spot for the week. Yes, the Miami Dolphins rush D has been one of the better ones so far this season, but if Chris Johnson can tear them up for 126 yards and a touchdown like he did last week IN Miami, then you have to believe that Spiller can do the same at home.

 

Fred Jackson - Pyro Character

Fred Jackson – Fred Jackson left last week’s game in the fourth quarter after being hit in the head while being tackled and has since been diagnosed with a concussion. Coach Chan Gailey has already ruled Jackson out for their Thursday matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

 

Fantasy Call – Jackson was putting up his best numbers of the year prior to the injury, but it was only the third time in seven games that he was able to manage double-digit fantasy points this season. Obviously you need to keep him rostered, but don’t expect much from F-Jax for the remainder of the year if C.J. Spiller shows his dominance this Thursday as he’s expected to.

 

Tashard Choice - Pyro Character

Tashard ChoiceChoice will be elevated to backup status this week due to the concussion suffered by Fred Jackson, so he might actually be worth picking up and stashing in case of a Spiller injury

 

Fantasy Call – He’ll probably get somewhere between five and ten touches this week just to give Spiller a breather from time to time, but is really only a desperation play in the deepest of leagues as he doesn’t have the explosiveness necessary to do any sort of damage against this Miami front seven.

 

 

Wide Receivers


 

Brian Hartline - Pyro Character

Brian HartlineWhen playing within a specific advantageous situation, Brian Hartline has certainly done well enough to be considered a starter on many fantasy teams this season. However, he really does need it to be a favorable matchup as he’s put up three games with double-digit fantasy points this season, but all three pass defenses are ranked in the lower half of the league. Luckily for Hartline fantasy owners this week that the Bills are one of the worst in the league in pretty much every defensive category.

 

Fantasy Call – Brian has proven to be a target-monster so far this season, so you know he’ll be getting his chances in this one. You could start him as a very low-end WR2 in this one, but his upside is capped by an apparent allergy to the type of grass opposing teams use in the endzone. Still, you just never know because as it stands today, of his six career touchdowns (in 53 games!!!), two happened to come against this same Buffalo Bills squad. Never mind that they were both during his rookie 2009 season.

 

Davone Bess - Pyro Character

Davone BessDavone Bess is a really good example of a slot receiver that is much more useful to his real team than he is for your fantasy team. Even in PPR leagues he’s been a little weak this season barely cracking the top-50 in fantasy points per game. He has three 100-yard games and 11 touchdowns in 73 career games with only one of those touchdowns coming against the Bills.

 

Fantasy Call – The Bills may give up a lot in the passing game, but I’m not so sure you can use Bess as any more than a low-end flex player with very limited upside in this one.

 

Jabar Gaffney Even though he’s only a couple of weeks away from turning 32 years old and has only played three games for the Dolphins this season, he can still look like the most talented wide receiver on the field at times. That’s how weak the Miami WR corps is at this point.

 

Fantasy Call – Gaffney can still have his moments, but of his seven double-digit fantasy performances over the last two seasons, none of them came on the road. Not like you were looking for an excuse to sit him if he somehow found his way onto your fantasy squad.

 


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Stevie Johnson - Pyro Character

Stevie JohnsonStevie J has more fantasy points this year than a few other big-name receivers like Andre Johnson, Steve Smith and Brandon Lloyd; but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s been having a good season now, does it. After nine games, the Bills top wideout is currently on pace for 73 catches, 892 yards and seven touchdowns—numbers I’m guessing most fantasy owners would barely be happy with out of their WR3. He still ranks in the top-15 in targets, however, so some sort of a breakout game could be on the horizon here.

 

Fantasy Call – The Dolphins pass D currently allows the third-most receptions, fifth-most receiving yards and seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, so there’s certainly a chance fantasy owners will see that big game happen this Thursday night. That being said, just so there are no illusions here, let it be known that Stevie J hasn’t had a multi-TD game since Week 11 of 2010 and only has one 100-yard game in his last 31 contests. He’s definitely a starting fantasy player this week, but don’t expect any sort of miracle-game out of him.

 

Donald Jones - Pyro Character

Donald JonesIn his last three games, Donald Jones has 16 catches on 24 targets for 186 yards and two touchdowns. They may not be the greatest stats in the world, but his involvement in the offense is certainly on the rise seeing how Stevie Johnson has just 23 targets, 14 catches, the same 186 yards and only one TD during the same span.

 

Fantasy Call – There are a couple of reasons why this could be a nice game to get Jones in there as a flex this week. First, with C.J. Spiller getting the start, the Dolphins’ linebackers will undoubtedly be busy running from sideline to sideline trying to contain the speedy RB. Because of this, Donald will have a little more room to maneuver when going over the middle, a route he has no problem running in this offense. Second, Miami’s safeties will also be relatively occupied both with pinching in to contain Spiller and bracket-covering Stevie Johnson. Basically, with as bad as the Miami pass D already is, it looks like there could be some fantasy points to be had out there for players other than Spiller and Johnson.

 

T.J. Graham - Pyro Character

T.J. GrahamT.J. Graham is a speedy little sucker that may someday be able to make a mark in this league, but he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to do so just yet. The Bills, however, moved up in the third-round to grab him in this past year’s draft, so if they’re feeling like their playoff hopes are all but shot at this point, that chance may come for Graham sooner than people think.

 

Fantasy Call – Like I said with Donald Jones, there are definitely going to be some fantasy points out there to be had by someone other than C.J. Spiller and Stevie Johnson, so if Graham gets a decent amount of snaps, he may be able to capitalize. That being said, I wouldn’t go taking that chance unless I was in a deep 16-man league with a couple of players on a bye.

 

 

Tight Ends

 


Anthony Fasano - Pyro Character

Anthony FasanoThe Buffalo Bills have given up two 100-yard games to tight ends this season and three touchdowns in the last two weeks combined. They haven’t been horrific all season long, but they do allow the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing TEs, so there is definitely an opening for Fasano to do a little damage.

 

Fantasy Call – Though he only had four receptions in two games against the Bills last season, Fasano actually scored a touchdown in each game so it seems he just might have their number. He’s a long-shot, but if you’re desperate, you could do worse.

 


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Scott Chandler - Pyro Character

Scott ChandlerChandler averages just three catches for 38.9 yards a game, numbers that would rank him down near the bottom of the league for tight ends. However, when you start the Bills 6’7” tight end on your fantasy team, it’s not for the yardage; you’re doing so with the hopes that for just one week, his major fantasy strength somehow comes through for you in your time of need—his red-zone ability.

 

Fantasy Call – Unfortunately for Chandler, if the Dolphins have a single strength in their fantasy pass defense this year, it’s keeping tight ends out of the endzone. Last week, Jared Cook used his only catch of the game to score the first tight end touchdown against the Dolphins this season. You should probably look elsewhere for a fill-in TE this week.

 

 

 

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