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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 15 - Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia Eagles

Thursday Night Fantasy Football - Week 15 - Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia Eagles

Posted by d-Rx on 12/10/12

by   The Archer


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Thursday Night Football - Week 15

Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia Eagles - 7:20pm CT on NFL Network

 

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

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Andy DaltonDalton has not been as effective as of late, but this prime-time match-up against a weak Eagles team may be just the thing he needs to get his confidence and playoff hopes back on track.  Over his last 5 games he has failed to throw for more than 230 yards, and has only thrown for 2 TD and 3 INT over his past 2 games. 


Fantasy Call – The Eagles have been very generous to opposing quarterbacks, allowing 2 or more TD passes n 10 of their last 11 games.  This is a good opportunity for Dalton to get it going and should throw for at least 2 TD, but don’t expect a 300 yard game in this one.

 

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Nick FolesFoles is coming off his best performance since being named the starter for the Eagles.  He passed for 381 yards and threw 2 TD, while adding another rushing TD.  Foles has also gone 3 straight games without throwing an interception.  In his previous 4 games Foles failed to throw for more 251 yards, and his breakout game was against the porous Buccaneers. 


Fantasy Call – Hopefully you don’t have to start Foles, but if you do don’t expect a repeat performance from last week.  The Bengals are not the best defense, but Foles just does not have enough weapons to feel comfortable starting. 

 

 


RUNNING BACKS


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Ben Jarvis Green-EllisGreen-Ellis was coming off of 3 straight 100-yard games heading into last week and was unable to keep the streak alive. He only had 12 carries against the Cowboys, but did run for 89 yards and added 13 yards receiving, so he did have over 100 total yards for another week. Green-Ellis failed to score a TD for the second week in a row.


Fantasy Call – Green-Ellis should be able to keep it going against a floundering Eagles defense.  The fact that he only had 12 carries last week is a good sign for a bigger workload on this short week.  There is a good chance the Law Firm finds the endzone in this one.


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Bryce BrownBrown came screeching back to Earth last week with 6 yards on 12 carries and 6 yards receiving.  Brown had been on fire before shitting the bed this game.  He should find more running room against the Bengals, but he is no longer the sure start he seemed to be heading into last week. 

 


WIDE RECEIVERS

 

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AJ GreenGreen has now gone 3 straight games without a TD catch after catching a TD in each of his previous 9 games.  Green has also been held to one 100-yard game in his last 7 games.  Green will look to get back on track on the National spotlight this week.


Fantasy Call – Green should be chomping at the bit to get this game under way.  He is desperately looking for a big game, and what better time than against a weak Eagles defense with the hold Nation watching.  Don’t you dare bench him.



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Andrew HawkinsHawkins is big play guy and got back on track last week with a TD, but failed to reach 50 yards.  Hawkins has had 8 targets over each of the last 2 weeks and the Bengals seem like they are trying to work him into the offense more, to relieve some pressure from AJ Green. 


Fantasy Call – Hawkins is really a hit ore miss guy and he has not had big explosion game, with his 86 yards on opening day remaining his high yardage total on the season.  He could find more opportunities in this game, but you got to have guts and a decimated team to start him.



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Mohamed Sanu – Sanu was placed on injured reserve and is done for the year.


 

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Jeremy Maclin – Maclin had his best game in a long time, as he finished with 9 catches (season high) for 104 yards and a TD.  Maclin saw 13 targets, which were the most he has seen since the 14 he had on opening day.  Maclin has been terribly inconsistent this season, but with all the injuries on the Eagles offense he remains the number threat.


Fantasy Call – The Bengals are a much better pass defense then the Buccaneers that Maclin faced last week. Maclin should continue to see a lot of targets and the Eagles figure to be behind, so he could get a lot yards in garbage time of this game.


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Riley Cooper – Cooper had 4 catches for 37 yards last week and was targeted 9 times.  Cooper is not a real threat for Fantasy points. 


Fantasy Call – PASS


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Jason AvantAvant is coming off a monster game with 7 catches for 133 yards on 12 targets.  Avant is a veteran and it seemed that Foles felt more comfortable looking for him than for Riley Cooper.  Avant has had these games before, but usually does not put these games up back to back.


Fantasy Call – If you have Avant and are thinking about this one I would pass. There are just too many factors working against him for you to feel confident that lightning will strike twice.  He should see a decent amount of targets, but he is a risky play this week. 

 

 

TIGHT ENDS


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Jermaine GreshamGresham was held to 43 yards and without a TD last week, although he has scored a TD in 3 of his last 5 games.  Gresham has had 4 catches in each of his last 3 games and has failed to reach 50 yards in any of those games.  Gresham has only seen 17 targets over the past 3 weeks and has not been targeted more than 8 times in a game all season.


Fantasy Call – This is a good match-up for Gresham and he has a good chance to get back into the endzone this week.  Don’t expect a 100-yard game, but he should be able break 60 yards and a good chance for a TD.

 

 

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Brent CelekCelek has been ruled out with a concussion. 



Clay Harbor – Harbor filled in for the injured Brent Celek most of the game last week and finished with 6 catches for 52 yards and TD.  That kind of production is what Celek owners had been looking for all season.  Harbor will be the starter again this week.


Fantasy Call – Harbor is not a recommended starter this week.  The short week and rookie quarterback with a suspect offensive line is not a good match-up.


 

 

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