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December 16, 2017
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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


Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.


12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.


12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.


12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.


12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.


12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

QB, RBs, WRs, TEs and how dependent they are on touchdowns for fantasy football points

Touchdown Dependency Year End 2016 Report

Posted by d-Rx on 02/07/17

by   The Archer


@TheArcher


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QUARTERBACKS

 

QBs # 1-12

Dibs!

Andy Dalton (QB10): Andy Dalton’s 18 touchdowns were the second lowest among the Top 20 quarterbacks last season, but even with Tyler Eifert missing eight games and A.J. Green missing six, Dalton still managed to put up over 4,200 yards and finish the season as a Top 10 QB. The return of both Eifert and Green will give Dalton more opportunities to throw touchdowns as well as maintain his yardage. He should easily sustain middle-of-the-pack QB1 numbers.

 

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Tyrod Taylor (QB8): Last season, Tyrod Taylor made the best impression of his 2015 self by throwing for over 3,000 yards and rushing for over 500. While back-to-back QB1 seasons are favorable, it’s difficult to rely on both Taylor’s yards-per-attempt decline and his mobile dependency to score over 35% of his fantasy points last season. Additionally, he will be introduced to a new offense whether he remains with the Bills or signs elsewhere. There are too many red flags around to lock in Taylor as a QB1 next season.

 

QBs # 13-24

Dibs!

Joe Flacco (QB20): No quarterback depended more on their yardage to attain Top 24 QB numbers last season than Joe Flacco. 78.9% of Flacco’s fantasy points came from his 4,317 passing, and 53 rushing yards. Do note, though, that Flacco will be without Steve Smith Sr. and most likely Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace, and Dennis Pitta in 2017. He remains a Dibs! candidate based on anticipated volume alone as well as the reasonable expectation for the Ravens to bring in capable pass-catchers. If you’re holding off on a later-round QB2 next season, Flacco is always a safe bet to do what it takes to reach those QB2 numbers.

 

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Eli Manning (QB21): The Iron Man himself, Eli Manning, managed to play all 16 games for his 12th consecutive season. In true Eli fashion, though, while he was tied for 11th among all quarterbacks in touchdowns last year, he was tied for the fourth most interceptions with 11 and tied for third most fumbles lost with four. Entering his age 36 season after a 26:20 touchdown to turnover ratio, there’s minimal encouragement to trust Manning to maintain mid-QB2 numbers.

 

QBs # 25 +

Dibs!

Jared Goff (QB37):    As expected, Jared Goff got the nod and was thrown to the wolves late last season. As a rookie quarterback starting behind an offensive line that gave up a sack at least once every twenty plays, it was going to get ugly. Lucky for Goff, he finished the season healthy enough to be introduced to the NFC West. Goff should open 2017 as the Rams starting QB and without Jeff Fisher as his Head Coach. While it’s unlikely next season will be the year the Rams turn it around, it is likely that Goff will finish among the Top 30 QBs and he’s worth a stash in 2QB or even Superflex leagues.

 


  Touchdown Dependency for QBs Chart

 

 


 RUNNING BACKS

 

RBs # 1-12

Dibs!

Jordan Howard (RB9): 1611 all-purpose yards from fifth-round rookie Jordan Howard is an incredible feat, but it was unfortunate to see only eight touchdowns come of it. Assuming Howard remains at or near 250 touches next season, the likelihood for more touchdowns should develop. Knowing that he will continue involvement in not only the Bears running game, but their short passing game as well bodes well for Howard to sustain RB1 output.

 

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LeGarrette Blount (RB7): While many expected LeGarrette Blount to feast on some touchdowns last year, few would have considered him recording 18. Additionally, an injury to Dion Lewis enabled Blount to register more touches and rush for 1161 yards. While the Top 10 RBs in scoring last season averaged 66.6 points from touchdowns, Blount managed 116.1 points from his which accounted for 47.8% of his fantasy points-- the highest dependency on touchdowns among the top 40 running backs.

 

RBs # 13-24

Dibs!

Spencer Ware (RB16):  A late start and early departure from Jamaal Charles once again opened the door to Spencer Ware, but this time with a little less Charcandrick West sprinkled in. In 14 games this season, Ware accrued 1369 all-purpose yards but only found the end zone five times. If the Chiefs fully commit to Ware next season by releasing or giving Charles the backseat, he has an excellent opportunity for a repeat performance if he A) gets the first crack at the goal line and B) converts those “& goal” attempts.

 

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Latavius Murray (RB13): While it would take a lot of poor running by Latavius Murray and a lot of good running by true RB3s for him to fall outside of the Top 24 RBs, it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see him finish lower than RB13 next season. For starters, Murray was only on the field for “less than 55% of the Raiders offensive snaps” last season. Bundle that with the facts that he is an impending UFA, and the Raiders acquired two running backs (Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington) last offseason, there are not many variables to make anyone feel confident that Murray can sustain high RB2 numbers.

 

RBs # 25-36

Dibs!

Jerick McKinnon (RB33): While the injury to Adrian Peterson was a big blow to many fantasy teams last season, it opened the door for another showing of Jerick McKinnon. Sadly, Matt Asiata continued to do what he does best—eat into snaps and vulture goal line work. A few things to keep an eye on this offseason, though, is if UFA Matt Asiata (and most importantly Adrian Peterson) don a different team’s jersey. In an ideal situation, Jerick McKinnon could be the last man standing; a blessing that could pave a path to RB2 production.

 

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Mike Gillislee (RB28): After Karlos Williams had derailed his career last offseason, Mike Gillislee found himself riding shotgun next to LeSean McCoy on a Bills team that finished the 2016 season by running the second most rush plays in the NFL. While Gillislee performed efficiently, finishing in the Top 30 running backs was weighted heavily by his eight rushing touchdowns on top of the volume of rush plays. While he could benefit greatly from any serious injury to McCoy, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Bills add another RB through the draft in the coming months. Bet the under on a repeat performance.

 

RBs # 37 +

Dibs!

Duke Johnson (RB40): After logging 127 touches for 880 all-purpose yards, Duke Johnson finding the end zone only once is just bad luck. Granted, running on a team that ran a league-low 350 rush plays, as well as sharing them with Isaiah Crowell, could be to blame. For what it’s worth, Johnson was active in the short passing game and assuming he receives at least the same number of touches next season, the likelihood of him at least doubling his 2016 touchdown output is promising.

 

Thomas Rawls (RB57): This one should be obvious. After missing close to half of his games last season, Thomas Rawls barely finished in the Top 60 among running backs. In anticipation of him entering 2017 healthy, and the Seahawks seeking another postseason run, it’s safe to assume that Rawls will flirt with RB2 production thanks to a healthy number of yards and goal line opportunities.

 

Touchdown Dependency for RBs Chart

 

 


 WIDE RECEIVERS

 

WRs # 1-12

Dibs!

Julio Jones (WR6): Even though he missed two games late in the 2016 season, Julio Jones only fell short of the NFL Receiving Title by 39 yards. While Jones did inflate this total with a 300 yard game in Week 4, one could argue that he should have had more touchdowns. Only 20.4% of Jones’ fantasy points came via the end zone; nearly 10% less than the Top 10 WR’s average. Also, note that Jones was out-targeted in the red zone by Mohamed Sanu. Anticipating 16 healthy games next season, and a Falcons trend towards giving him the ball inside the 20 more often, there should be little doubt that Jones will be a Top 5 WR.

 

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Davante Adams (WR7): Adams was only three yards shy of a 1,000-yard season, but the important thing to focus in on is his 12 touchdowns. If you were to average the percentage of points the Top 24 WRs acquired from touchdowns, the result would be 28%. Adams’ 42.4% dependency on touchdowns was the highest amongst his WR1 and WR2 peers. Sure, one could argue that Aaron Rodgers will continue to make that possible for his wide receivers, or that Jordy Nelson ate into Adams’ yardage opportunities, but scoring a touchdown once every 6.25 touches isn’t a realistic projection. Though, with Randall Cobb continuing on a path of inconsistency, it is realistic to project Adams to maintain a WR2 value.

 

WRs # 13-24

Dibs!

Jarvis Landry (WR17): Volume has meant everything for Jarvis Landry’s fantasy success. While 2016 was Landry’s second season breaking 1,100 yards, it was his first time doing so with less than 100 receptions. He also finished as the WR17 by attaining 135.5 fantasy points; a whopping 85.2% of which were accumulated by yardage alone. Not-so-quietly, Landry has put the YPC haters to rest by showing moderate progression in his first three NFL seasons. Progression and stability are two factors that instill confidence when projecting low-end WR1/high-end WR2 production. The trend should continue.

 

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Tyreek Hill (WR15): It took long enough, but the Chiefs may have found a way to correctly utilize the 2016 “Cordarrelle Patterson,” or as they like to refer to him, Tyreek Hill. Don’t mistake Hill’s addition to this section as a label of negativity. Hill can make plays and the Chiefs are centering plays around him. Hell, last season, Hill scored 12 touchdowns four different ways. The red flag for Hill are those touchdowns, though. Not referring to the three touchdowns he scored on returns, Hill managed to register a touchdown once every 9.4 touches. Additionally, relying on kick and punt return touchdowns for statistical output is difficult. While the Chiefs could double Hill’s snaps next season, passing on expectations that Hill will meet or exceed WR15 is the safer move.

 

WRs # 25-36

Dibs!

A.J. Green (WR34): This advice is as obvious they come, but there are not many WR3s from last season that can be relied on to exceed their 2016 performance. DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon could have been candidates, but there’s an excellent chance both are playing elsewhere in 2017. Andy Dalton and the Bengals were in dire need of their stud WR after losing A.J. Green mid-season. Through 10 games, Green attained only 19.9% of his fantasy points through touchdowns. Anticipating a healthy 2017 for Green, it’s worth expecting that he will exceed that touchdown number and potentially slide into a WR1 valuation.

 

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Kenny Stills (WR26): No WR3 last season was more dependent on touchdowns that Kenny Stills. Stills scored nine touchdowns on 42 receptions last year after receiving the third-most targets in Miami. While a repeat WR3 performance in 2017 isn’t completely out of the question, it’s still something worth passing on.

 

 WRs # 37-48

Dibs!

Stefon Diggs (WR43): In only 13 games last season, Stefon Diggs caught 84 receptions for 903 yards. He obtained 83.5% of his 109.3 fantasy points through receiving yards alone. Diggs at full health in 2017 should result in increased receptions, yards, and most likely touchdowns. Diggs remains a top target candidate and could reach high WR2 numbers next season.

 

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Anquan Boldin (WR44): At the opposite spectrum of reasons to expect an increase in production from Stefon Diggs, lies Anquan Boldin. If Boldin sticks around for 2017, there’s little reason to expect Boldin to match or exceed eight touchdowns, especially if he remains the third option in the passing game or fourth if the increased production from Eric Ebron continues. There’s a good chance that Boldin will go for closer to WR5 price, but if you’re fancying him around his 2016 WR44 value, reconsider your process.

 

WRs # 49-60

Dibs!

Alshon Jeffery (WR52): Odds are, Alshon Jeffery will be a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears next season. There are also favorable odds that he’ll suit up for more than the 12 games he suited up for in 2016 next season. In those 12 games last year, Jeffery still managed a very favorable 821 yards, but only two touchdowns came of it. Only two seasons removed from a ten touchdown season, Jeffery should have the means to score a few more in 2017, which ultimately, could put him in the realm of WR2 consideration.

 

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Travis Benjamin (WR58): The 2016 Chargers gave us a reason to be excited about Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman. They also gave us a reason to get our hopes up about the future of Hunter Henry. Next season, Keenan Allen will even reunite with them. Hope is declining for deep threat Travis Benjamin who began his 2017 offseason with a knee scope. Benjamin will be a definite candidate to avoid at anything higher than a WR5 cost, especially after accumulating 28.4% of his fantasy points last season from his four touchdowns.

 

WRs # 60 +

Dibs!

Robby Anderson (WR67): Brandon Marshall’s future in New York is up in the air, and Robby Anderson already has a connection with Bryce Petty; the man who could be the Jets starting quarterback next season. On 78 targets last year, Anderson caught 42 of them for 587 yards and two touchdowns. There’s no reason not to take a swing on Anderson, a WR with upside teetering on the edge of breaking out.

 

Tyler Boyd (WR69): Something to monitor this offseason is if the Bengals retain Brandon LaFell. If they don’t Tyler Boyd will take a share of his 19.01% with A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert, and the stable of Bengals running backs. Even if the Bengals retain LaFell, there is little doubt that Boyd is capable of meeting or exceeding his 2016 performance. Flag plant away.

 

Chris Conley (WR88): Only one wide receiver had over 500 receiving yards and did not score a touchdown last season. Additionally, this wide receiver logged 14 red zone targets last season, which put him tied for 27th among all wide receivers. The volume is knocking as Conley’s way, and he is worth being picked up at a late WR4/early WR5 value.

 

 

 Touchdown Dependency for WR Chart

 

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

TEs # 1-12

Dibs!

Travis Kelce (TE1): Sure, Travis Kelce scored the lowest points as the top tight end since Todd Heap’s 123.4 in 2002, but 117 targets and 1,125 yards are numbers you want to see from a TE1. While the Top 12 TEs averaged 35 points from touchdowns last season, Kelce accumulated only 24, and this is on the heels of 17 red zone targets. While Kelce’s share of the Chiefs passing game will continue into 2017, his touchdown share has potential to rise to Top 12 TE average; keeping Kelce in the conversation for back-to-back top TE seasons.

 

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Cameron Brate (TE6): No team was more desperate for a WR2 last season than the Buccaneers. Mike Evans led the NFL with a team target share of 29.53%; more than doubling Cameron Brate’s 14.16%. 42.1% of Brate’s 114 fantasy points came from touchdowns which noticeably exceeded the Top 12 TE average of 32.4%. Brate’s touchdown dependency in 2016, plus the real chance of the Buccaneers acquiring WR help in the offseason, lessens the expectations for Brate to comfortably post TE1 numbers.

 

TEs # 13-24

Dibs!

Eric Ebron (TE15): Eric Ebron’s two touchdowns tied the lowest output among the Top 24 TEs, and his 712 yards accounted for 85.6% of his fantasy points. If Anquan Boldin leaves the Lions this offseason, there will be a share of 103 targets available for the taking and Ebron could take over as the primary red zone target. If Boldin sticks around, targeting Ebron as a mid-to-late TE1 could still reap the rewards. Although, if Boldin does leave, Ebron has a clear enough path to flirt with Top 5 TE numbers.

 

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Dwayne Allen (TE18): To get straight to the point, relying on consistent Top 24 TE performances from Dwayne Allen is a recipe for disappointment. Last season, Allen was continuously outplayed by tight end teammate, Jack Doyle. To salt the wound, Allen was the fifth option in the Colts passing game, and 47% of his 76.6 points were made possible by six touchdowns. With Doyle earning more snaps and Donte Moncrief returning to full health, touchdowns will become harder to come by for Allen in 2017. Buying him at anything less than a TE3 is a poor investment.

 

TEs # 25 +

Dibs!

Jared Cook (TE36): After missing six games early in the 2016 season, Jared Cook became a vital asset for the Packers and finished the season with a 4-reception 59-yard average in Weeks 15 through 17. While the output isn’t anything to get excited about, do regard the increase in snaps, targets, and receptions for a Packers pass-catcher. Assuming Cook logs 16 games next season, he could easily work his way into the Top 24 TE discussion.

 

Touchdown Dependency for TEs Chart

 

 

 

Charts by Stagg Party and writing by Waz

 

 

 

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