March 19, 2018


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Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.

03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.

03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.

03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.

03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”

03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.

03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
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
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


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


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


Week 12 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Week 12 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 11/21/12

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Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 12



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Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Friday, Nov. 23 - 10:39AM CT)


Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

1.         Peyton Manning (at KC) – The big question for Manning this week will be how he deals with the loss of his starting running back, Willis McGahee. In terms of fantasy numbers, for some QBs, it might actually boost their stats due to the offense simply having to pass more. For others, it might have a negative effect with defenses more likely to concentrate on stopping the pass. Well if last week was any indication, Manning should be just fine. In the quarter McGahee played before doing down, Manning threw for 58 yards, one TD and one INT. In the three quarters after he left, Peyton put up 222 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. At this point, there’s really no stopping him anyway as the 36-year old has put up eight straight games with either 300 yards, three TDs or both. The Chiefs defense has allowed QBs to do pretty much what they want this year, especially the good ones, so look for Manning to dominate this game through the air en route to a Broncos sixth straight win.

Aaron Rodgers - Pyro Character

2.         Aaron Rodgers (at NYG, Sunday night) – Rodgers has a few things going for him in this game. First of all, there’s the revenge factor after New York derailed the Packers hopes of winning a second straight Super Bowl by knocking them out in the Divisional Playoff game last season. Second, Rodgers LOVES to play these Giants. In his two regular season games against them, Aaron averaged 386.5 yards and FOUR touchdowns while also rushing for an average of 29 yards per game. Pretty ridiculous numbers if you ask me. New York’s defense doesn’t look like they’ll be able to stop him this time around either, as they’ve allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this season. Without a running game to speak of, Rodgers will have to do most of the work this Sunday night if Green Bay wants to gain a sixth-straight win.

Matt Ryan - Pyro Character

3.         Matt Ryan (at TB) – Though he ended up throwing for over 300 yards, Matt Ryan just had his worst fantasy performance since the opening weekend of the 2010 season. Not that they were all entirely his fault, but throwing five interceptions and zero touchdowns in a single game is pretty unheard of. In fact, it’s only happened 62 times since 1960 and only ONE other time did the quarterback’s team actually win the game like the Falcons did (Bart Starr and the Packers beat the Bears 13-10 in 1967). However, fantasy owners should have a very short memory on that one as I fully expect Matty Ice to turn it around this week against the Buccaneers. His career numbers against Tampa Bay aren’t the greatest, but the Bucs pass defense hasn’t been as bad as they are now, either. They currently allow the fourth-most fantasy points per game to QBs and in the last five weeks, three of them have thrown for 335-plus yards and three or more TDs against them. Ryan should be able to join that crowd this Sunday.

Tom Brady - Pyro Character

4.         Tom Brady (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) – Brady is on another one of those accuracy tears right now as he hasn’t thrown an interception in his last 162 attempts going back to the fourth quarter of Week 6. Back in Week 7 in the Patriots 29-26 home win over the Jets, Brady attempted his second-most passes of the season (42) yet was only able to put up 259 yards and two touchdowns. As it happens, the man who caught both those touchdowns, TE Rob Gronkowski, will be out for this game so the Stetson Man will have to find someone else to get his owners some nice fantasy points this Thursday. Brady has always enjoyed a nice challenge, however, so I expect him to pull through with QB1 numbers this Thanksgiving.  FINAL STATISTICS:  18-for-28 – 323 yards – 3 TDs – 0 INTs  //  3 rushes - 5 yards - 1 TD 

Tony Romo - Pyro Character

5.         Tony Romo (vs. Was, Thanksgiving afternoon) – As I’ve said for ages now, Tony Romo is NOT an elite quarterback, whether it be real life or otherwise. However, he is very very good at home and has the (fantasy) numbers to back it up. In the 41 games he’s played from start to finish since he became a starter for the Cowboys in the middle of 2006, Romo has had 19 300-yard games and 27 games where he’s thrown for at least two touchdown passes. I know we’re all used to fantasy studs like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady, but the numbers you just read are actually pretty rare otherwise and need to be considered when you’re talking about your starting fantasy QB down the stretch. His record on Thursday’s is 6-1 and could easily be considered his favorite day of the week to play. In fact, in seven career Thursday games (which are mostly on Thanksgiving), Romo has thrown for 18 touchdowns (2.6 TDs per game) and just five INTs, so if you were ever going to think about starting this guy, Turkey Day might be the best time for you to do it. He’s a QB1 this week for sure this week, especially against a Redskins pass D that allows the sixth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this year.  FINAL STATISTICS:  37-for-62 – 441 yards – 3 TDs – 2 INTs  //  3 rushes - 7 yards - 0 TDs

Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

6.         Andy Dalton (vs. Oak) – Dalton started the season throwing up at least one interception in his first eight games. In his last two games, however, the Cincinnati youngster hasn’t thrown a single pick while he’s quietly put up six TDs in back-to-back Bengals victories. It may be a bit hard to believe, but Dalton actually ranks eighth for quarterbacks in fantasy points per game right now and could jump up a notch or two against the lowly Raiders defense this Sunday. Each of the last three QBs to face the Raiders (Freeman, Flacco and Brees) put up over 20 fantasy points against them, so it stands to reason that Dalton will do the same with the roll he’s currently on.

Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character

7.         Robert Griffin III (at Dal, Thanksgiving afternoon) – Though he may have looked a little prettier in previous weeks, RGIII is coming off his best game as a professional. He only threw for 200 yards, but he also tossed up four TD passes of six, 17, 49 and 61 yards while completing 14 of his 15 pass attempts in the game. The bonus that usually comes with Griffin is that he also ran for 84 yards and as has become the norm for the youngster, he did not throw an interception either. RGIII has been having a very nice rookie campaign, even though it seemed he was slowing down before his latest lights-out performance last week. From a fantasy owner's standpoint, it's nice to see Griff avoid the type of big hits he endured earlier in the season as well. Griffin will be facing the fifth-best defense against quarterbacks in Dallas who are yielding a meager 14.3 fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. DeMarcus Ware is going to be a factor that may limit the amount of running opportunities Robert will have in this game, so I wouldn't expect another big rushing day like he had last weekend. That being said, the Cowboys seem to be in disarray this season, and if they fall apart on Thanksgiving at the hands of RGIII, Jerry Jones just might have to fire himself.  FINAL STATISTICS:  20-for-28 – 311 yards – 4 TDs – 1 INT  //  6 rushes - 29 yards - 0 TDs

Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

8.         Andrew Luck (vs. Buf) – Though it certainly wasn’t his greatest performance of the year, Andrew Luck set a record against the New England Patriots last weekend by being the first rookie quarterback in history to throw for five 300-yard games during his inaugural season (Peyton Manning and Warren Moon each had four; RGIII currently has three). Just to show how dominant he’s been fantasy-wise, Luck is also just the seventh rookie QB since the NFL-AFL merger to rush for five or more TDs in a season as well. He currently ranks seventh for quarterbacks in fantasy points per game and should do well to keep that spot against a Buffalo defense that ranks eighth in the league in QB fantasy points allowed.

Drew Brees - Pyro Character

9.         Drew Brees (vs. SF) – This is by far the lowest I’ve ranked Drew Brees in quite awhile, especially with him playing at home. However, I do believe it’s warranted for a couple of reasons. First off, Brees is on a bit of a cold streak right now as he hasn’t thrown for 300 yards in four straight games averaging just 242.3 YPG during that span. He’s kept a decent fantasy pace, though, with 2.5 TDs per game so not everything has gone against him, but he hasn’t played a defense as good as the 49ers either. San Francisco has allowed the second-fewest passing touchdowns, passing yards and fantasy points per game to QBs this season, so whatever Brees does this Sunday, it won’t be easy. Because he’s Cool Brees, he deserves a spot in the top-10, but don’t expect the world in this one.

Matthew Stafford - Pyro Character

10.       Matthew Stafford (vs. Hou, Thanksgiving day) – Stafford has been very disappointing this season with only two multiple-TD games and has a horrible ratio of 12 TDs to 10 INTs. These are not the numbers owners were expecting of him when he was consistently going in the first round of fantasy drafts. Stafford has plenty of weapons to throw the ball to on offense, but he needs to be more precise with his passes of more than 20 yards as he flat out missed Calvin Johnson on two sure-fire TD grabs against the Packers last week. Stafford has a tough match-up to start the Thanksgiving festivities. The Texans had been a stingy defense all season, but then allowed also-ran Chad Henne to come in and scorch them for four TDs at home last week. Strange, eh? Stafford will be a bit behind the eight-ball here as he'll be working without WR Titus Young, who was suspended by the team for conduct detrimental to the team. That being said, Stafford should have to throw in this game and throw the ball a lot, so the potential is there for some real nice numbers. The only question is, can he actually throw more than one TD?  FINAL STATISTICS:  31-for-61 – 441 yards – 2 TDs – 0 INTs  //  2 rushes - 7 yards - 0 TDs

Quarterbacks 11-32

11.       Colin Kaepernick (at NO)

12.       Cam Newton (at Phi, Monday night)

13.       Josh Freeman (vs. Atl)

14.       Carson Palmer (at Cin)

15.       Eli Manning (vs. GB, Sunday night)

16.       Matt Schaub (at Det, Thanksgiving day) – FINAL STATISTICS:   29-for-48 – 315 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT  //  2 rushes - -1 yards - 0 TDs

17.       Joe Flacco (at SD)

18.       Philip Rivers (vs. Bal)

19.       Mark Sanchez (vs. NE, Thanksgiving night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  26-for-36 – 301 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT  //  2 rushes - 2 yards - 0 TDs

20.       Jake Locker (at Jax)

21.       Sam Bradford (at Ari)

22.       Chad Henne (vs. Ten)

23.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (at Ind)

24.       Russell Wilson (at Mia)

25.       Jay Cutler (vs. Min)

26.       Nick Foles (vs. Car, Monday night)

27.       Christian Ponder (at Chi)

28.       Charlie Batch (at Cle)

29.       Brandon Weeden (vs. Pit)

30.       Ryan Tannehill (vs. Sea)

31.       Ryan Lindley (vs. StL)

32.       Brady Quinn (vs. Den)




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