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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

Dede Westbrook is the cover player for Houdini's waiver wire pickups after the week 13

Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 14 (2017)

Posted by Houdini on 12/03/17

by   The Archer


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All players listed are available in at least 30% of CBS Leagues (Slim Pickings this week)

 

 

DEDE WESTBROOK – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie was once again a big part of the passing game this week. He hauled in six passes for 78 yards and while he did not score, he was targeted in the redzone. He has seen a healthy amount of targets since being activated and should be added in most formats at this time.

 

MARQUISE GOODWIN – WR – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Goodwin has really starting coming on as of late, and there could be a lot more consistency to his numbers with Jimmy G under center. In his first game with Garoppolo he caught eight passes for 99 yards. He showed a lot of toughness to go with his sprinter speed. Like Westbrook, he should be added in most formats.

 

JOSH MCCOWN – QB – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 44% OF CBS LEAGUES

Tears of McCown are tears of joy for those of you who have been playing him. The Jets are no longer Ground and Pound, instead it is Air McCown. This week he attempted 36 passes, completing 26 of them for 331 yards with one touchdown. He also carried the ball seven times for 20 yards with two sneak scores. The Jets are letting it all hang out, and the emergence of Robby Anderson is helping McCown immensely.

 

MIKE WALLACE – WR – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 53% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Ravens passing attack has not been good at all, but Wallace has been the bright spot. He showed up big this week, catching five passes for 116 yards. Wallace still has big play ability and while Flacco can’t hit anybody else, he has been connecting with Wallace.

 

DANNY AMENDOLA – WR – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 32% OF CBS LEAGUES

Amendola was not much of a factor this week, catching two passes for 34 yards. The Pats did not have a typical crushing day against the Bills, and Amendola still has some pop left for the fantasy playoffs.

 

JERMAINE KEARSE – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 37% OF CBS LEAGUES

The emergence of Robby Anderson is starting to pay dividends for Kearse. This week Jermaine caught nine passes for 157 yards. The Jets are chucking the pill all over the field, and Kearse is now able to work against the second cornerbacks again.

 

JIMMY GAROPPOLO – QB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Jimmy G was ok in his debut for the 49ers. He completed 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards with no touchdowns and his first career interception. He looked poised and should only improve down the stretch, making him an intriguing stream option in the coming weeks.

 

PEYTON BARBER – RB – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAUGES

If Martin is still unable to return due to concussion protocols then Barber has become the man. He carried the ball 23 times for 102 yards and caught four passes for 41 yards this week. If Martin returns he could be in for a timeshare with Barber. Martin has not had more than 51 rushing yards in his last four games.

 

CAMERON BRATE – TE – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 45% OF CBS LEAGUES

Brate was happy to see Jameis Winston back under center, and his love for him the redzone is still alive and well. Brate only caught two passes for 39 yards, but they both went for touchdowns. O.J. Howard is an issue if you grab Brate, but he still has a lot of upside with Winston under center.

 

STEPHEN ANDERSON – TE – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Tom Savage was looking Anderson’s way when he wasn’t looking for Hopkins. Anderson finished the day with five receptions for 79 yards with a score. He also made a huge catch on 4th and 19 late in the game. Tom Savage needs another option in the middle of the field, and Anderson has a chance to be that guy.

 

THEO RIDDICK – RB – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 36% OF CBS LEAGUES

Riddick has become a bigger part of the Lions offense, and he had to be this week with Ameer Abdullah out of the game. He was not very effective as a runner, with 21 yards on nine carries, but one of those did go for a touchdown. His effectiveness is as a receiver, and he had five catches for 41 yards this week, but that is about what should expect from him the rest of the way.

 

AUSTIN EKELER – RB – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 35% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was a quiet week for Ekeler, with four carries for 19 yards and two catches for 21 yards. He has some nice pop, but he is not going to get a huge volume of touches with Melvin Gordon ahead of him.

 

RICKY SEALS-JONES – TE – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 56% OF CBS LEAGUES

The young tight end only had two catches, but he gained 44 yards. He is seeing a good amount of targets and is worth adding in deeper leauges.

 

TION GREEN – RB – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES
With Abdullah out, Green got see his first action of the year. Theo Riddick was horrible as a rusher and gave Green his chances and he capitalized. He carried the ball 11 times for 51 yards and found the endzone against a tough Ravens defense. If Abdullah remains out then Green could be added in deeper leagues.

 

ANDRE ELLINGTON – WR – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 89% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ellington is now a Texan, but he is still not very good as a runner. He had two carries for negative four yards this week, but is a good receiver and caught five passes for 56 yards. Tom Savage has to check down a lot, and Ellington is getting the third down passing play snaps.

 

KENNY GOLLADAY – WR – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 77% OF CBS LEAGUES

Golladay was once again not much of a factor, catching two passes for 44 yards. The only silver lining is that he has a nice YPC average. Unfortunately he is the third or fourth option in the passing game, which limits his potential to make a real impact.

 

DAVID NJOKU – TE – BROWNS – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie had a nice game, catching four passes for 74 yards with a touchdown. He becomes worthy of an add with Josh Gordon garnering so much attention that the field is opening up for the rookie tight end.

 

KERWYNN WILLIAMS – RB – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 97% OF CBS LEAGUES

With AP out with a neck injury Williams led the attack and gained 97 yards on 16 carries. He is not a strong play if AP returns, but can be viable for spot duty if the injury persists.

 

DONTRELLE INMAN – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 89% OF CBS LEAGUES

Inman found the endzone this week, but that was about it against a poor 49ers defense, as he caught two passes for 21 yards. The Bears have some good matchups, but you are really grasping at straws if you are counting on Imman to make an impact.

 

ZAY JONES – WR – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES

Zay was held in check with two catches for 22 yards. Nathan Peterman is back under center so…run for the hills.

 

COREY DAVIS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 51% OF CBS LEAGUES

Corey Davis has failed to live up to expectations, and this week was no different. He only caught two passes for 12 yards and can’t be trusted in your fantasy playoffs.

 

ED DICKSON – TE – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 68% OF CBS LEAGUES

If you gambled on Dickson with Olsen out…you lost. He only caught two passes for 18 yards this week. 

 

 

 

 

 

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