March 19, 2018


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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


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


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


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


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


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


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler


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 fantasy football - week 14 - broncos @ raiders




Thursday Night Football - Week 14

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





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. 



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. 





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.



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!!!




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.



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!!!




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.


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