March 21, 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 - Running Backs

Week 12 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 11/21/12

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2012 Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs




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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