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January 19, 2018
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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.


12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.


12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.


12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.


12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.


12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.


12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.


12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.


12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.


12/26/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.


12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cooper Kupp is going to be an target machine

Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 1 (2017)

Posted by d-Rx on 09/10/17

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TARIK COHEN – RB – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 72% OF CBS LEAGUES

Cohen was very impressive in Week 1 for the Bears with five carries for 66 yards, and eight receptions for 47 yards with a touchdown. Tarik is the clear #2 to Jordan Howard, and also the clear 3rd down receiving back. In this offense where Mike Glennon checks downs as his first read, he is going to get plenty of opportunities. He is not a large back, so he is not going to see 20 carries in a game, but he will see 10-15 touches a game and has big play ability.

 

ALEX SMITH – QB – CHIEFS – AVAILABLE IN 66% OF CBS LEAGUES

Alex Smith had what will probably be his best game of the season in Week 1, completing 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of those touchdowns went for over 70 yards…it was the perfect game for Smith. Alex has some big play weapons in what was once an anemic offense. Smith will be a solid performer all year, but you can’t count on getting this type of production the rest of the way…so don’t overpay expecting a windfall.

 

JARED GOFF – QB – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 85% OF CBS LEAGUES

Goff had himself a great day throwing for 306 yards with a touchdown against the Colts. The key there is that is was against the Colts, who are a very bad defense. That said, Goff was efficient completing 21 of 29 passes and did not throw an interception. The addition of Sammy Watkins helps, but rookie Cooper Kupp really helped him in Week 1, and could be a big play for him going forward.

 

COOPER KUPP – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kupp scored his first career touchdown this week, and hauled in four passes for 76 yards. He showed his downfield ability and he will see favorable matchups with defenses focusing on Sammy Watkins. If Watkins gets hurt, which is a reality, Kupp would see an increased role, and must grab for Watkins owners.

 

DESHAUN WATSON – QB – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 74% OF CBS LEAGUES

Watson is in as the starter for the Texans going forward, so if you are in a deep league go ahead feel free to take a flyer on the rookie. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Week 1. There will be ups and downs for him, but he is a starting quarterback.

 

DANNY AMENDOLA – WR – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Amendola suffered a concussion in Week 1, but before he left he had 100 yards on six receptions. It is clear that Tom Brady has confidence in Amendola, and when healthy he is going to be a big weapon in this Patriots offense.

 

KENNY GOLLADAY – WR – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 66% OF CBS LEAGUES

What a debut for the rookie Golladay in Week 1 with four receptions for 69 yards with two of those going for touchdowns. Both of those scores came in the fourth quarter, the first for 10 yards and the second a 45-yard strike. This kid has a ton of potential and should become a bigger part of the Lions offense as the season progresses. This is an act now player.

 

RISHARD MATTHEWS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 35% OF CBS LEAGUES

Matthews showed this week that even with all the weapons around him, he is still going to be a threat in the Titans offense. This week he caught five passes for 71 yards. Rishard has a nice floor and his potential for big plays makes him a nice player to have for bye weeks and flex plays.

 

CHRIS CARSON – RB – SEAHAWKS – AVAILABLE IN 79% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie was the best running back for Seattle in Week 1 with 39 yards on six carries and one reception for 10 yards. This backfield situation is unclear, but Carson is now a player for touches on a weekly basis and Lacy is fading after five carries for three yards.

 

ALLEN HURNS – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 85% OF CBS LEAGUES

Allen Robinson left this week with a knee injury and that makes Allen Hurns the #1 receiver for the Jaguars. He had three receptions for 42 yards. The Jaguars are not a good offense, but the increased targets will make him a worthy add.

 

MARLON MACK – RB – COLTS – AVAILABLE IN 59% OF CBS LEAGUES

Mack matched Gore in touches this week, and while not as effective as a runner with 24 yards on 10 carries, he did score a touchdown, and should have had another. He also added a reception for 21 yards. His value will increase when Luck returns.

 

RUSSELL SHEPARD – WR – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Sheppard only had two receptions for 53 yards, but one was a 40-yard touchdown. He is the deep play threat for the Panthers, so he will have some chances, but he is a hit or miss pickup.

 

CHARLES CLAY – TE – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 75% OF CBS LEAGUES

There is nothing special about Charles Clay, but Tyrod Taylor has nobody else he feels comfortable throwing the ball to. Clay hauled in four passes for 53 yards with a score in Week 1. The four for 53 is a reasonable expectation and not much more than you will get with him, but he does have touchdown potential as well. Not a bad add in deeper leagues.

 

JARED COOK – TE – RAIDERS – AVAILABLE IN 46% OF CBS LEAGUES

Cook may have finally found a place where he can flourish. In Week 1 he caught five passes for 56 yards. With Cooper and Crabtree drawing all the coverage Cook will continue to see nice matchups and give him nice opportunities for solid fantasy production.

 

TYROD TAYLOR – QB – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 35% OF CBS LEAGUES

Tyrod does not have a lot of weapons, but he still managed 224 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and 38 yards rushing. This was against the Jets, but this is what you can expect from Taylor. He can add to his total with his rushing, and if he develops chemistry with his receivers he could become a bigger threat as the season progresses.

 

JERMAINE KEARSE – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAGUES

It is clear that Kearse is the first option for Josh McCown. In Week 1 Jermaine had seven receptions for 59 yards. Kearse will have his best chances for fantasy success this year, but how great is that going to be in the Jets offense…like a top end Jeremy Kerley when he was a Jet.

 

AUSTIN HOOPER – TE – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 40% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hooper only had two receptions this week, but they went for 128 yards, including an 88-yard score. He did not see enough targets to think he will be a weekly threat, but this big play breakout should give him more opportunities and with his big play ability he will strike again.

 

C.J. FIEDOROWICZ – TE – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 75% OF CBS LEAGUES

Fiedorowicz is the opposite of Hooper. He is a solid plodder that will give you every week what he gave you this week: 4-46. He will give you the occasional score, but he does not have the high-end potential of Hooper.

 

GEORGE KITTLE – TE – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAGUES

The 49ers do not have a great offense, but Kittle is going to be a check down tight end with downfield ability. He had five catches for 27 yards in Week 1, but the targets and receptions are encouraging for later this season. 

 

 

 

 

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