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Ted Ginn Jr

New Orleans Saints

Must Be Smokin' Snead


Per source with knowledge of the situation, Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr won't play today and will be ruled inactive. Expect WRs TommyLee Lewis and Willie Snead to play a bigger role.

Fantasy Goo: Snead has seen a huge uptick in first team practice snaps this week, he’s been a huge disappointment this season after a break-out year last season. I would not stream Snead for your playoff match-up, the offense is powerful, but unpredictable. Lewis and Brandon Coleman could vulture targets and TD’s at any moment.


12/17/17, 08:59 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade


Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.


12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com


Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business


The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.


12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo


Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.


12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload


Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.


12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com


Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention


Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.


12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It


The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.


12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action


Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.


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

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's


Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).


12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!


Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.


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

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear


Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.


12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


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

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


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

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Thursday Night Fantasy Football - Week 14 - Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders

Thursday Night Fantasy Football - Week 14 - Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders

Posted by d-Rx on 12/03/12

by   The Archer


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Thursday Night Football - Week 14

Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders - 7:20pm CT on NFL Network

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

carson palmer pyro character - raiders

Carson PalmerPalmer has been throwing the pill very effectively lately as evidenced by his 306 yards passing per week average going back to week 6.  In those 8 games Palmer has at least 2 TD passes in 5 of those games.  The Raiders have not had a reliable running game all year and will continue to rely on Palmer and his passing the rest of the season.  The only real downside for Palmer is that he has only thrown for 3 or more TD passes twice all season. 

 


Fantasy Call – Palmer will be looking to exercise his demons against the Broncos, who are the only team that held him without a TD pass all season and also held him to 202 passing yards in Denver in week 4.  Palmer should be able to fair better in this matchup, but don’t expect a 3TD performance this week. 

 


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peyton manning pyro character

Peyton ManningWhat can you say about Peyton Manning, except he is back.  He is coming off his worst passing yardage game of the season with 242 yards, the lowest since his week 2 performance.  Now while it may have been a low in yardage for him, he still threw 3 TD passes.  Peyton had reeled off 5 straight 300-yard passing games, but since then has just 1 in his last 5 games. 

 


Fantasy Call – This game presents a great opportunity for Peyton to get back over 300 yards passing.  The Raiders defense has been one of the weakest in the NFL this season.  In their last matchup Manning completed 30 of 38 passes for 338 yards and 3 TD passes without an INT.  Manning should be licking his chops for this one and is a must start as always. 

 


 

RUNNING BACKS

 

darren mcfadden pyro character

Darren McFaddenMcFadden sat out again in week 13, but is expected to make his return against the Broncos.  McFadden has been hampered by an ankle injury, but he was not all that effective before the injury with only two 100-yard rushing games out of 8 on the season and only has 2 TD on the season. 


 

Fantasy Call – McFadden has been an absolute bust this season coming back against the Broncos is the not the best matchup for him.  In their previous meeting the Broncos held McFadden to 34 yards on 13 carries and 1 catch for 4 yards and 0 TD.  It would be a risk to start McFadden in this game, as they will most likely limit his carries if he does return. 


 

mike goodson pyro character

Mike GoodsonGoodson was inactive for a fourth straight game this week and it is not clear if he will be able to play on Thursday Night.  Goodson is a backup and has not had more than 4 carries in any game this season. 

 


Fantasy Call – Look somewhere else.  Even if he plays, he will not help your Fantasy team out.

 


marcel reece pyro character

Marcel ReeceReece is a do it all player for the Raiders and showed that last week.  He carried the ball 7 times for 36 yards and added 5 catches for 20 yards.  The Raiders moved Reece all over the field, as he spent time at running back, fullback and H-back and tight end.  This season he has been mostly used as a receiver, but had to step in with all the injuries the Raiders have had.  Reece only has 1 TD on the season. 


Fantasy Call – Reece is a good play in PPR leagues and should be active again in this game.  McFadden returning should not affect Reece all that much, as I expect him to be more active in the passing game.  Reece is still not a threat to score a TD, but could have 5+ catches.  In their last meeting Reece had 5 catches for 54 yards.

 



Jeremy Stewart – Stewart led the Raiders in carries and yards last week with 9 for 46 yards.  That nearly matched his total of 55 yards he had on the season coming in.  McFadden is due back this week, which should put a quick halt to Stewart’s development. 


Fantasy Call – With McFadden coming back, Stewart is not a recommended play this week.  If RUNDNP goes down again, then Stewart will have a chance the rest of the season.


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knowshon moreno pyro character

Knowshon MorenoMoreno got the start for the Broncos for the second week in a row and once again led the way amongst the running backs with 20 carries while adding 4 catches.  Moreno has not scored a TD since his return, but that could change this week. 


Fantasy Call – If there was a ever a game that you would want to start Moreno it would be this one against the Raiders.  The Raiders are giving up the 3rd most points to running backs on the season with an average yield of 22.8 points per game.  Moreno once again should be the main back for the Broncos, as he has done a good job in pass protection, and will be good for 25+ touches in this game.


ronnie hillman pyro character

Ronnie HillmanWith McGahee going down with an injury Hillman expected to see a larger workload, but he only has 8 carries total in the last 2 games and has not had a catch.  Hillman is still and will remain the backup to Moreno the rest of the way, unless Moreno gives the job away.


Fantasy Call – This is not a good spot for Hillman, as he expected to have more chances when McGahee went down, and even though the Raiders are horrible, it is still not recommended to start Hillman.


 


Lance Ball – Ball is the ultimate casualty to Moreno coming back as he only has 2 carries in the last 2 games and both of those came last week and ended with -2 yards. 


Fantasy Call – You should not have to ask…NO!!!


 

WIDE RECEIVERS 

 

darrius heyward-bey pyro character

Darrius Heyward-BeyDHB had a decent run during weeks 7-10 where he posted 342 yards on 19 catches with 2 TD.  The problem is that DHB was supposed to step up this season and that has not happened as he has yet to record a 100-yard game this season and only has 3 TD on the year.  The fact is that DHB has not taken the next step and has not had more than 5 catches in a game and does not have the confidence of his quarterback as shown by no double digit target games all season.


Fantasy Call – DHB is just not going to give you a game breaking performance.  If you are looking for 3-4 catches for 40-65 yards, then DHB is your guy,  Otherwise I would pass on him this week. 


 denarious moore pyro character

Denarious MooreMoore was breaking out earlier in the season during a 5 game stretch where he averaged 78 yards a game, with one 100-yard game and 4 TD.  In his last 3 games Moore has a total of 4 catches for 60 yards and 1 TD.  Moore is the most dynamic receiver for the Raiders and is receiver who is looked at in the redzone the most. 


Fantasy Call – Moore should expect to see a heavy dose of Champ Bailey this week, which hurts his value.  In their first meeting of the season Moore finished with 4 catches for 71 yards and was held without a TD.  Moore should still get opportunities to go deep a few times in this game and is still a strong start and will be looking to find the endzone against the Broncos for the first time in his career.


rod streater pyro character

Rod StreaterStreater is coming off his best game of the season against the Browns with 3 catches for 96 yards including a 64-yard TD pass.  Streater is a hit or miss receiver with more misses than hits.  Streater does have a lot of talent, but does not have the consistency to start on a weekly basis.


Fantasy Call – Streater is not recommended as a starter this week.  He is a player to keep an eye on for next season, but he is just too inconsistent to start at this point in the Fantasy season.


juron criner pyro character

Juron CrinerCriner is coming off of his career high in targets with 10 last week, but he only caught 4 of those for 26 yards.  Those 4 catches were also a career high for Criner.  Criner is a rookie who is developing and has potential, but he is still a long ways away from being a Fantasy threat.   

Fantasy Call – Uh…No.


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demaryius thomas pyro character

Demaryius ThomasThomas has been a beast this season and has been very happy with his quarterback Peyton Manning.  Thomas has five 100-yard games on the season, but has not had one in his last 3 games.  In those last 3 games, though, Thomas has 4 TD catches.  Thomas has 69 catches for 1,114 yards and 8 TD, which represents his breakout.  Thomas is the favorite target of Manning and should be trusted the rest of the season. 


Fantasy Call – Thomas is a must start this week and every week.  Thomas had 5 catches for 103 yards in his last meeting with the Raiders.  Thomas is looking to score a TD for a 4th game in row this week and the Raiders should give it to him.


eric decker pyro character

Eric DeckerDecker started out the season hot and was finding the endzone frequently.  Decker scored a TD in 5 straight games between weeks 4-9, including 2 TD grabs in weeks 8 and 9.  Since then Decker has only found the endzone once.  In that week 9 game, Decker had 8 catches for 99 yards and 2 TD.  In his next 4 games he has totaled 10 catches for 119 yards and 1 TD. 


Fantasy Call – Decker has been disappointing as of late and will look to get back on track against the Raiders.  In their first meeting Decker had 7 catches for 79 yards and a TD.  The problem for Decker is that Thomas has really emerged as of late and Decker has not been targeted nearly enough (19 targets over the last 4 games) to feel that this will be a breakout game for him. 


brandon stokley pyro character

Brandon StokleyStokley missed his first game of the season last week with a wrist and hip injury.  It is unclear if he is going to be able to play this Thursday.  Stokley has been a very consistent player this season, but has not had a game with more than 73 yards receiving on the year.  Stokley does have 5 TD grabs on the season, which has made his stat line look better.


Fantasy Call – If Stokley plays and you need 4 catches for 50 yards then he is your guy.  I would be looking elsewhere for options this week as the short week makes starting him more of a risk after not being able to play on Sunday.



Matt Willis – Willis stepped in with Stokley out last week and finished with 3 catches for 22 yards, both career highs for him.  He has not had a chance to see much of the field this season and if Stokley comes back then he will be lost in the shuffle. 


Fantasy Call – Come on Man!!!


 

TIGHT ENDS

 


Brandon Myers – We, especially me, have been talking about this guy all year.  Myers has broke onto the scene and is becoming one of the better tight ends in the game before our eyes.  Last week Myers made his first major impact of his career with 14 catches on 15 targets for 130 yards and a TD.  Myers has been so consistent all season long has added scoring TD to his repertoire with 4 TD in his last 5 games. 


Fantasy Call – Myers has at least 5 catches in 9 games this season and has had at least 5 catches a game over his last 5. Myers is becoming the favorite target of Carson Palmer and has not disappointed.  At this point if I owned him,  I would be starting him until he lets me down.


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Jacob Tamme – Tamme is coming off is best performance of the season last week with 9 catches for 89 yards.  Tamme has been consistent, but not to the level of Brandon Myers.  Tamme has 5 catches or more in only 4 games this season and last weeks 9 catches was the first over 5 since week 5.  Tamme also has only topped 50 yards in 3 games this season.


Fantasy Call – If Stokley is not playing in this game then Tamme becomes more of an option, but if Stokley does play I would avoid Tamme.  Tamme only had 2 TD catches on the season and does not get enough catches to effective in PPR leagues.  If Stokley is out and you are thin at tight end, then Tamme would be worth the start.

 

 

 

by Houdini