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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel


Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.


03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat


Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.


03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun


The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.


03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again


The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.


03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track


DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”


03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All


Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.


03/09/18, 09:15 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

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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