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December 16, 2017
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Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade


Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.


12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com


Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business


The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.


12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo


Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.


12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload


Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.


12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com


Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention


Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.


12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


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

Week 12 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 12 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

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Running Back Player Rankings – Week 12

 

 

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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Friday, Nov. 23 - 1:48PM CT)

 

Frank Gore - Pyro Character

1.         Frank Gore (at NO) – Living up to his nickname, Frank the Tank has been awesome in his final season before he turns 30 years old. Normally you would expect him to slow down right about now, but the ‘Niners have kept his playing time in check enough this season so he should have enough left in his legs to finish the year off strong. This week he’ll be visiting New Orleans to take on a Saints defense that allows the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs. Though QB Colin Kaepernick showed strong in his first start last weekend, I expect San Fran to try and control this game on the ground in order to keep the ball out of Drew Brees’ hands. If that happens, then Gore will be looking at 20 to 25 touches and will inflict some serious fantasy damage this Sunday.


Arian Foster - Pyro Character

2.         Arian Foster (at Det, Thanksgiving day) – Foster has been held without a rushing TD in each of the past two weeks, though he did have a receiving TD in Week 10 against the Bears. In fact, Foster has had a real tough go of it over the past three games, putting up a mere 3.6 yards per rush average and long run of 21 yards, though he did manage to have two 100-yard rushing games in the process. This has really been the story pretty much all year for Arian, as he is averaging only 3.8 yards per carry on the season, though he still ranks second in the league in fantasy points per game. Foster is still an all-around dominant player being both the Texans goal-line back and a viable option in the passing game. I expect Houston to establish their bell-cow early in the game in order to open up their league-best play-action offense and in doing so; Foster should accumulate a good 25 to 30 touches by the final whistle. With a national audience watching this early Thanksgiving game, Foster will undoubtedly be looking to bust a long one, something he's had trouble doing pretty much all season.  FINAL STATISTICS:  20 rushes - 102 yards - 2 TDs  //  5 catches - 15 yards - 0 TDs


Doug Martin - Pyro Character

3.         Doug Martin (vs. Atl) – Most people had a pretty good idea that the rookie out of Boise State would be a pretty good running back this season. However, players tend to struggle a bit in their first NFL season, so I’m sure his projected numbers were tapered back a bit. Basically, my guess is that NOBODY predicted the Muscle Hamster to have 1,000 yards rushing in his first 10 games, much less that he would be ranked second in the league in fantasy points per game. Martin is on a serious tear right now putting up three 100-yard games and seven total touchdowns in the last five weeks, a streak that should continue this Sunday against Atlanta’s mediocre rush D. The Falcons have allowed a running back to put up double-digit fantasy points in seven straight games now, a streak which includes lesser RBs like DeAngelo Williams, Felix Jones, Chris Ivory and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Not only will Martin make it eight straight games for Atlanta, but will outperform every single RB included in the streak (LSH - 19.3 fantasy points).


Chris Johnson - Pyro Character

4.         Chris Johnson (at Jax) – Even though he’s been consistent since Week 4 and averaging one touchdown and 140.3 rushing yards over the last four weeks, I still have my reservations about CJ2K. That’s how much his putrid 2011 season and first few weeks of 2012 have influenced the overall fantasy world. That being said, I must be getting over it now or else I wouldn’t have him up here in my top-5 RBs for the week. Jacksonville has one of those strange defenses that are hard to figure out as they’ve shut down the best in the game (Arian Foster in Week 11), but also allowed career fantasy days to players like Ben Tate and Mikel Leshoure this season. However, one consistency I noticed is that they’ve had a tough time stopping good cut-back runners with a lot of speed, so I have to believe that Johnson at least has a shot at a big game here. It may be slow for him in patches, but fantasy owners will love the couple of big runs that should come his way during the course of the game.


Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character

5.         Marshawn Lynch (at Mia) – Marshawn Lynch—or as I like to call him, Fugly McSkittles—has once again proven to be fantasy immune to good run defenses this season as he now has four straight 100-yard games with three of them coming against rush Ds in the better half of the league. He’s also started to come on in the TD category putting together a three-game scoring streak after a slow start to the season. Coming out of his bye this week, Beast Mode should be well rested and ready to take on yet another top-tier run defense in Miami. The Dolphins have been falling off a bit of late, though, as they’ve allowed a running back to score at least 9.8 fantasy points in five straight weeks now. With all these things in mind, I have no doubt Lynch will have another studly workhorse day for fantasy owners this weekend.


Adrian Peterson - Pyro Character

6.         Adrian Peterson (at Chi) – Even though at this moment he’s played one less game than him, Adrian Peterson still leads Arian Foster by 77 yards for the 2012 rushing title. With 1,128 yards through 10 games, Peterson is on pace for a career-high 1,805 yards on another career-best 5.8 yards per carry. All this less than a year removed from tearing his ACL, MCL and both meniscuses?!?! Out of control, folks. Simply out of control. What’s even crazier was to read the story about how Dr. James Andrews claimed that Peterson’s knee had as much wear and tear as a "newborn baby" when he operated on it last December. The nickname “Purple Jesus” is getting to be more and more appropriate as time wears on. This week Peterson will take on a Bears team he’s had a lot of success against in the past, though not necessarily in the last couple of seasons. That being said, though they’re still ranked near the top of the league, the flaws of the Chicago rush D have definitely been exposed as they’ve given up a ton of fantasy points on the ground the last few weeks. Look for Peterson’s epic, storybook season to continue this Sunday.


Ray Rice - Pyro Character

7.         Ray Rice (at SD) – Though he still ranks fourth in fantasy points per game, Ray Rice hasn’t quite had the type of fantasy season owners were hoping for this year. His seven rushing touchdowns have been nice, but his yardage has been on the downside for a while now as he’s failed to reach the 100-yard mark since Week 5 and only has two on the season after posting six in 2011. This week he goes on the road to take on a pretty darn good rush D in San Diego. With Rice’s career numbers being far superior at home, he could have a bit of trouble putting up big points in this game, but should be fine. He put up double-digit fantasy points last season when he visited the Chargers and there’s no reason to think he won’t do the same again this year.


C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

8.         C.J. Spiller (at Ind) – Even though his fellow backfield mate, Fred Jackson, will be returning to action this week, coach Chan Gailey has already stated that Spiller will not only start, but also receive the majority of the snaps throughout the game. Maybe Gailey finally took a look at the fantasy stats for the year and realized that C.J. is not only averaging the sixth-most fantasy points per game, but also the most yards per carry in the entire league. Either way, Spiller is finally getting his due—and not a moment too soon with the Bills taking on a Colts defense that has allowed the second-most touchdowns to running backs and the eighth-most fantasy points per game. If Spill can somehow get 20 or more touches in this one, then this ranking will end up far too low.


Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

9.         Stevan Ridley (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) – Ridley has rushed for a touchdown in three straight games now and is tied for second in the league with seven on the year. His rushing yards, attempts and fantasy points per game are all up there in the top-10 as well, though his fantasy output each week has been a bit scattered throughout the season. Back when he faced the Jets in Week 7, Ridley had just 65 yards on 17 carries and no touchdowns, numbers which would add up to his third-lowest fantasy score in 2012. However, there are a couple of bright spots for Ridley owners to look at here. First off, the Jets have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Second, the Jets defense has allowed seven different running backs to put up double-digit fantasy points against them but most importantly, five of those came with the Jets playing at home. Lastly, three of Stevan’s four 100-yard games and four of his seven rushing TDs have come on the road. I expect him to be right on the edge of RB1 status by the end of the weekend.  FINAL STATISTICS:  21 rushes - 97 yards - 1 TD  //  0 catches - 0 yards - 0 TDs


marcel reece pyro character

10.       Marcel Reece (at Cin) – Marcel Reece has been kind of a beast the last three weeks putting up the third-most fantasy points in non-PPR and second-most in PPR leagues. Though he did have a 100-yard game against the Saints last week, he’s not normally much of a runner as his area of expertise lies more in the passing game than on the ground. However, I don’t think it will matter much this week as the Bengals have allowed the third-most receptions to running backs this season and the ninth-most fantasy points per game. Reece will be heavily involved in the offensive game-plan once again this weekend and should be able to turn out some pretty nifty fantasy numbers with the work.



Running Backs 11-50


11.       Trent Richardson (vs. Pit)


12.       Jalen Parmele (vs. Ten)


13.       Jamaal Charles (vs. Den)


14.       Alfred Morris (at Dal, Thanksgiving afternoon)FINAL STATISTICS:  24 rushes - 113 yards - 1 TD  //  0 catches - 0 yards - 0 TDs


15.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Oak)


16.       Vick Ballard (vs. Buf)


17.       Steven Jackson (at Ari)


18.       Ryan Mathews (vs. Bal)


19.       Matt Forte (vs. Min)


20.       Bryce Brown (vs. Car, Monday night)


21.       Fred Jackson (at Ind)


22.       Ronnie Hillman (at KC)


23.       Beanie Wells (vs. StL)


24.       Rashard Mendenhall (at Cle)


25.       Andre Brown (vs. GB, Sunday night)


26.       Mikel Leshoure (vs. Hou, Thanksgiving day) – FINAL STATISTICS:  12 rushes - 32 yards - 1 TD  //  2 catches - 27 yards - 0 TDs


27.       Jonathan Stewart (at Phi, Monday night)


28.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. GB, Sunday night)


29.       Shonn Greene (vs. NE, Thanksgiving night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  14 rushes - 71 yards - 0 TDs  //  1 catch -9 yards - 0 TDs


30.       Felix Jones (vs. Was, Thanksgiving afternoon) – FINAL STATISTICS:  6 rushes - 14 yards - 0 TDs  //  3 catches - 47 yards - 1 TD


31.       Darren Sproles (vs. SF)


32.       Michael Turner (at TB)


33.       Donald Brown (vs. Buf)


34.       LaRod Stephens-Howling (vs. StL)


35.       Jonathan Dwyer (at Cle)


36.       Shane Vereen (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  10 rushes - 42 yards - 0 TDs  //  2 catches - 91 yards - 1 TD


37.       Reggie Bush (vs. Sea)


38.       James Starks (at NYG, Sunday night)


39.       Daniel Thomas (vs. Sea)


40.       Bilal Powell (vs. NE, Thanksgiving night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  12 rushes - 40 yards - 1 TD  //  2 catches - 13 yards - 0 TDs


41.       Lance Ball (at KC)


42.       Jacquizz Rodgers (at TB)


43.       Daryl Richardson (at Ari)


44.       DeAngelo Williams (at Phi, Monday night)


45.       Kendall Hunter (at NO)


46.       Ronnie Brown (vs. Bal)


47.       Danny Woodhead (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  2 rushes - 8 yards - 0 TDs  //  1 catch - 11 yards - 0 TDs


48.       Pierre Thomas (vs. SF)


49.       Cedric Peerman (vs. Oak)


50.       Isaac Redman (at Cle)

 

 

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