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Sammy Watkins

Buffalo Bills

Watkins All The Way Back?

"After the season finale in New York, he said he hoped to avoid surgery, but days later elected to have the procedure done. His rehab appears to be on schedule, as he was able to participate in a few team drills before the Bills wrapped up their spring practices. With six weeks between mandatory minicamp and start of training camp, Watkins should be close to 100 percent when camp starts Thursday."

Fantasy Goo: Watkins has WR1 upside when he is healthy and he is currently being drafted in the third round. Others that have gone through this procedure and have come back to full upside include; Julian Edelman, Dez Bryant, and Julio Jones.

07/23/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Lacy Loses Weight, Gains Primary Role

“Lacy is the favorite to start over Thomas Rawls, who will still have a role. At a minimum, C.J. Prosise will be the third-down back and a big factor in the passing game.”

Fantasy Goo: In the five games he started last year, Lacy averaged over five yards a carry, all of Rawls value stems from four random, good games he had against weak defenses in 2015. Lacy’s biggest competition is going to come from Prosise. Prosise is a converted from receiver in college and at 6’, 220lbs, has the size-speed combo to take over as the primary back.

07/23/17, 06:56 PM CDT by Wheeler


Robert Kelley

Washington Redskins

Fat Rob Gets the Nod

Rob Kelley is slated to be the starting RB in Washington, however Perine will still have the opportunity to play a big role in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Though Perine may be the higher scoring back in 2017, getting a couple early games from Kelley could be very valuable given his low draft cost.

07/23/17, 01:37 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Duke Johnson

Cleveland Browns

Duke Johnson In The Slot

As reported by Mary Cay Cabot, Duke Johnson is likely to take over slot WR work from Andrew Hawkins who is now a Patriot. This depends on Josh Gordon's status if he is granted reinstatement in September.

Fantasy Goo: Until we get news on Gordon, Duke Johnson should be in line to see about 50 additional targets in 3 WR sets. This number will likely be allocating among Johnson, Njoku and DeValve.

07/23/17, 01:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

Last Hurrah for Palmer?

"Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." After finding the right work-out regimen Palmer was the number 8 QB over the last eight weeks of the season. David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

Fantasy Goo: Palmer could be the reason why late-round QB works this year, with an ADP around QB20 Carson has real bounce back potential and is practically free. The stat to watch to indicate 2017 success will be decreasing his league high 137 hits from 2016.

07/22/17, 01:43 PM CDT by Wheeler


Zach Miller

Chicago Bears

Bears Overload at TE

Miller's contract has one year remaining with a base salary of $1.5 million and the issue the Bears have to tackle is if they can take a chance knowing Miller's durability issues. He has played in 25 games and missed 23 since joining the team in 2014. The only free agent that received more guaranteed money than quarterback Mike Glennon was Dion Sims, who signed an $18 million, three-year contract with $10 million guaranteed, ensuring he will be a big part of Dowell Loggains' offense.

Fantasy Goo: The Bears are five deep at TE right now after drafting Adam Shaheen, acquiring Daniel Brown from Baltimore, and signing UDFA Ben Braunecker. Miller seems like the odd man out here and that’s why he is no longer a late-round flyer in deep leagues. I’ve switched gears to Dion Sims simply because of his athleticism and the Bears investment in him as an every-down TE.

07/22/17, 01:15 PM CDT by Wheeler


Anquan Boldin

Detroit Lions

Boldin Trying Buffalo

Boldin will be working out for the Bills on Monday (7/24) “Boldin, 36, led the Lions with 22 red zone targets last season. He had 67 catches and a career-high eight touchdowns, though he averaged a career-worst 8.7 yards per grab (584 yards in total).” The Bills are looking pretty shallow at WR at this point, they’ll probably be looking to have a few other guys in as well.

Fantasy Goo: This could cut into any upside we were hoping for from Zay Jones, although you could argue that they are much different types of receivers that just happen to both work out of the slot. Boldin will certainly vulture some TD’s from the wide receivers, but it absolutely crushes any chance of Charles Clay having any value and probably snakes away a little of Johnathan Williams receiving potential.

07/22/17, 12:17 PM CDT by Wheeler


Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Jones to Compete for WR2

Zay Jones' and his 399 college reception record could make an immediate impact as he performed favorable to Sterling Shepard in college.

Fantasy Goo: Jones' is many fantasy analysts favorite among rookie WRs in 2017. With the 167 vacated targets among Woods, Goodwin and Hunter, Zay has upside as a fantasy WR3.

07/21/17, 12:35 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Will Tye

New York Giants

Coughlin May Bring Giants to JAX

The Giants have reportedly started shopping Will Tye and Tom Coughlin may be a suitor. If Tye is traded it would convey their plans to use Engram could be immediate.

Fantasy Goo: Although rookie TE's have historically lacked production, Engram is more of a big slot WR. If they move Tye Engram will likely split time in teh slot with Sterling Shepard and could be worth a late round flier after we saw Shepard score 8 TDs in the same position.

07/21/17, 12:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Geronimo Allison

Green Bay Packers

Geronimo Suspended For Opener

Geronimo Allison is suspended for Week 1 due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Goo: It is worth noting that Geronimo put up 4 catches for 91 yards and a score Week 17 when Jordy was being shadowed by Darrius Slay. He could be nice DFS play in games Jordy gets shadowed and Cobb or Adams are inactive.

07/21/17, 12:14 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Braxton Miller

Houston Texans

Braxton A Breakout WR?

QB Guru George Whitfield thinks Braxton Miller could take a dramatic step forward as a WR

Fantasy Goo: September 7, 2015. That was when Braxton took a direct snap, scrambled left and then put a spin move on the Virginia Tech defense that froze in time and broke Twitter. Miller was an all around stud in college and has Julian Edelman type potential. He could be worth a very late round pick, but keep him on your radar.

07/21/17, 11:25 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley Could See More Targets in 2017

Sean McVay recently went on ESPN LA and talked about Jared Goff's development and how the Rams are looking to get Gurley more work in the passing game.

Fantasy Goo: Not known for his receiving skills, despite Dunbar coming to the Rams in the offseason, Sean McVay will travel by air to get Gurley into open space. McVay know's the O-Line is a work in progress, but Gurley is an animal in the open field.

07/21/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bellcow To Play On Franchise Tag

Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down the Steelers 5 year contract that averaged 12 million per year. That number is 50% higher than the next highest paid RB, LeSean McCoy.

Fantasy Goo: This was a ballsy move by Bell, he has stated that he wants to reset the RB market. Adrian Peterson's 2012 was one of the largest RB contracts as he amassed $20.1 million on his base + incentives. Le'Veon Bell is now the #1 player to have in 2017 playing on a contact year under the Franchise tag.

07/21/17, 10:08 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Dan Orlovsky

Detroit Lions

Rams Add Veteran QB

The Rams veteran journeyman Dan Orlovsky to backup their promising young QB Jared Goff. Orlovsky is rejoining his OC from his 2005 season in Detroit.

Fantasy Goo: Orlovsky's last effective game was in 2015 when he threw for 191 yards with a TD and an interception. Even if Goff goes down for an extended period of time Orlovsky has never shown the ability to have a fantasy presence.

07/21/17, 09:59 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Carlos Henderson Impresses in Broncos OTA’s

"Carlos is a great route-runner," fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said during OTAs. "He keeps his arms running through the cuts. I’ve been watching film on him and just seeing how he is. He is a technique guy."

Fantasy Goo: This offense has been missing the short-game middle of the field presence in the passing game from a TE or slot receiver. It’s hard to say how many opportunities are there with the QB situation the way it is and two premier receivers on the outside, but this report sounds like they are looking to create opportunities for him, even if it’s on special teams. His metrics profile compares best to Stealing Sheppard.

07/20/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Re-sign RB Chris Johnson to One-year Contract

This is the perfect situation for everyone involved. Johnson obviously knows the offense, the Cardinals have a solid back-up and can bring their rookie along slowly. Ellington has moved to WR and Kerwynn Williams is comfortable with the offense, but certainly not a solid No.2.

Fantasy Goo:
It doesn’t move the needle for anyone’s value, David Johnson is still the number one or two overall pick and there was no “handcuff” on the radar to begin with. In the four games Chris Johnson was active last year he only did more than spell David in one game, when Arizona crushed Tennessee 40-7.

07/20/17, 04:11 PM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers First Round Pick Might Need Surgery

Reports on Mike Williams are mixed on whether he’ll need surgery or not for the herniated disk in his back, either way it seems unlikely that he will have anything to contribute this year. It seems like Schefter and Rapoport are having a little pissing contest as to whether Williams will actually need surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Draft Tyrell Williams as your WR3, he’s going after the 10th round right now, but that won’t happen for much longer. Keep Dontrell Inman on your radar, he could be a late round flyer in PPR leagues, with Allen out last year Inman finished with more PPR points than Ginn, Cobb and DeVante Parker.

07/20/17, 03:24 PM CDT by Wheeler


Gary Barnidge

Cleveland Browns

Jaguars Meet With Barnidge

“Barnidge was released by Cleveland following this year's NFL Draft. The Browns used a first-round pick on Miami tight end David Njoku, who is set to take on Barnidge's playing time. If the Jaguars were to sign Barnidge, it would be a homecoming for the veteran tight end.”

Fantasy Goo: This means nothing, Barnidge will not have a repeat of his 2015 season. Barnidge is a solid blocking TE that had a spectacular year when there were no other options in the offense. The Jaguars aren’t very adept at using the TE either, Julius Thomas did next to nothing in his two years with the team.

07/20/17, 03:21 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else

When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.

07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend

Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.

07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler


Washington Redskins - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

Washington Redskins - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

Posted by d-Rx on 05/20/14

by   The Archer


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Last year nine teams had three or more fantasy starters in the top 60 and it is likely that it’ll continue to be that way in 2014. This series: Dressed for Success, will look at NFL teams going into 2014 that have assembled the right players to be a treasure trove of fantasy studs.

Last year’s Washington football team was a far cry from its 2012 version. Washington was tied for the second most generous team on defense compared to 2012 when the team was only 22nd. Similarly, Washington’s offense also fell off from being one of the league’s best in 2012, finishing fifth in scoring, to one of the league’s worse at 23rd in 2013. Part of the overall team stagnation was the increase in turnovers, from 14 in 2012 (8 interceptions versus 6 fumbles), to 34 turnovers in 2013 (19 interceptions, 15 fumbles) and the whole starting of Kirk Cousins with three games left. (Kirk Cousins threw 7 interceptions in 5 games).

A summary of the 2013 season in a gif

But the bright side of the story for Washington is that even with an absolutely abysmal season, the team still bottomed out as only the 9th worst scoring offense. Beating out a quarter of the league on a year where your head coach is mind warping everyone in the organization is a pretty good indicator of talent in my book. The fantasy relevant players of Washington were able to find individual success, with Pierre Garcon finishing at 13th, Alfred Morris finishing at 14th and RG3 finishing at 19th while missing the final three games. If RG3 had started those last three games of the fantasy season (which were against the generous Falcons, Cowboys, and Giants) and maintained his average, he would have broken into the top 15 at the QB position, which still isn’t phenomenal, but after the terrible season Washington had in 2013, 15 isn’t all that bad. Jordan Reed, playing 9 games as a rookie, finished 22nd in scoring amongst TEs, but averaged 7.7 a game, good for 11th on average.

RG3 in 2013 was clearly skittish and his explosive running was limited, culminating in one of the worst cases of a sophomore slump. But his stats were all a mirage because he was encumbered with the knee brace for the whole season. Despite being in a knee brace and only playing 13 games, RG3’s 484 rushing yards were only 37 yards less than a fully healthy Colin Kaepernick who played all 16 games and only 103 yards less than a fully healthy Cam Newton who played all 16 games. When healthy and without a knee brace, RG3 can lead the QB pack in rushing yards as he did in 2012. By his own declaration, that knee brace is gone. But the progression he can be expected to make in the passing game is going to make him much more valuable.

In RG3’s 2012 season, he threw 394 passing attempts and saw his attempts increase to 457 in 2013. That was an increase of about 11 more attempts a game, from 24 to 35. Andy Dalton, Gruden’s former QB, threw about 36 passes a game for 586 on the season, 1 more than RG3’s average in 2013. In fact, Dalton has always averaged at least 30 passing attempts a game since his rookie season.

I expect RG3 to be more acclimated to being a passer first after a season of being called on to throw more passes. While that might keep him from gaining valuable rushing yards, it’ll keep RG3 fresh throughout the season and hopefully lead to better passing totals.

Finally, another aspect of improvement in RG3’s passing game is his receivers. The three leading WRs last year for Washington were Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, and Leonard Hankerson. Garcon’s total yardage at 1346 was nearly equivalent to the combined yardage of Moss, Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, and Josh Morgan, which was 1406. 2013’s WR group was not exciting for RG3. But going into 2014, the signing of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts really makes the WR group more dynamic. While it may be hard to predict which WR will really do well, it’ll be certain that RG3’s passing numbers will make a giant leap upwards. With his running ability and a revamped offense around him, I’m confident that RG3 finishes the season in the top 5 in fantasy at the QB position.

What will happen when you pair the league’s 13th and 10th best receivers Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson on the same team?

The first question is can an offense score enough to make both players fantasy relevant. In some unscientific addition consider the following: Chicago’s trio of Brandon Marshall (6th in scoring), Alshon Jeffery (9th in scoring) and Earl Bennet managed to score 444 point; Cincinnati under Jay Gruden in 2013, AJ Green (4th in scoring), Marvin Jones (21st in scoring) and Mohammed Sanu scored 405 points. The combined scoring of Garcon, Jackson, and odd-man out Andre Roberts in 2013 was 413 points. Individually, all the receivers could put up fantasy stats and it’s hard to believe in Gruden’s passing offense the receivers won’t be able to take advantage of the opportunity.

Considering that none of the running backs in Washington are well recognized pass catchers, there’s a strong chance that all the passes intended for running backs will be slotted over to WRs, further increasing the number of targets Garcon and Jackson will be getting.

I expect to see Garcon and Jackson both finishing in the top 15 at WR in 2014. RG3 and Jackson both thrive off the play action deep ball and the Redskins have a convincing running game. Jackson was second in the NFL with 25 catches of 20+ yards in 2013. You could discount 2013 as a fluke or big a part of Chip Kelly’s new offense, but I would attribute Jackson’s poor stats in previous years to Andy Reid’s conservative play calling.

Garcon likely won’t lead the league in targets again with the addition of Jackson. But Garcon should be able to increase his yards after catch, which he was already second in the league at for the WR position, with the decreased coverage he’ll be getting.

The sky’s the limit for both players, with ever the slightest edge going to Jackson because he gets to play his ex-teammates, the Eagles, at Fedex field for the fantasy playoff championships. You might as well collect your league prize early if you make it to the championships with Jackson. If you value consistency, Garcon is your man. If you want a fantasy explosion, win you two or three weeks a season guy, Jackson is your man.


One thing is certain, Garcon and Jackson will lead the league in excessive celebration penalties

Rookie Lache Seastrunk is unfortunately stranded as a hapless poor pass catcher on Jay Gruden’s passing team. Alfred Morris is just as much stuck in a poor situation, managing nine catches in 2013. Nine was such an abysmally low number of catches amongst fantasy backs that the next lowest number of catches amongst the top 20 backs was 16 and the average was 45. If Cincinnati’s 2013 stats are any indicator of how things will go under Jay Gruden, don’t expect much catching for Morris. BenJarvus Green-Ellis caught four passes on the season compared to Giovani Bernard’s 56.

Does this mean that we should all start drafting Roy Helu and abandon Morris’ 1991 Mazda 626? Fantasy owners would be remiss in leaving Morris off their draft board. While Morris may only catch a few passes a season, most of his undeniable value has been running the ball and with no worthwhile pass catcher to significantly take away snaps from him, I expect him to maintain a place in the top 15. No one should ever mistake Roy Helu for Giovani Bernard. While Morris will play against some of the best running defenses in NFC West, the rest of his match ups include porous running defenses in the AFC South and NFC East. Additionally, he hasn’t missed any game time in the past two seasons, so health hasn’t been an issue. Alfred Morris deserves to be a second round pick, but don’t put too much into the stories of Morris learning to catch more, because that stories been told before.

If he does become the cover of NFL Madden 15, I would cross him off the board immediately because the Madden curse is real! Although he certainly makes a compelling point.

The final player to talk about here is Jordan Reed. I like the potential here for Reed because of the lack of a quality pass catching RB in the Washington offense. While Jordan Reed’s combine performance doesn’t jump off the page, he gets enough separation in the middle of the field and can make a leaping catch. He can certainly be similar to former nfl player Aaron Hernandez in being an athletic TE. Let’s hope the similarities stop there; never mind that they are both from Connecticut and both played college football at Florida.

Despite having all these weapons on offense from the WRs to the RBs, I still wouldn’t be afraid to draft Reed. Similarly placed TEs such as Julius Thomas and Martellus Bennett both broke into the top 10 at the TE position in scoring. Not to mention the TE depth chart doesn’t leave a lot of competition behind Reed.

Given the depth at TE, anyone looking to draft Reed can easily wait until the 6th round or later to pick him up. As of right now I would only rank Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, and Julius Thomas in separate tiers over Reed. He has TE1 upside and has a pretty good chance on being a draft day steal.





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