March 18, 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 13 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Week 13 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 11/27/12

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Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 13



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Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Sunday, Dec. 2 - 11:05AM CT)


Aaron Rodgers - Pyro Character

1.         Aaron Rodgers (vs. Min) – I don’t know if that debacle last Sunday night was due to a highly-motivated Giants team or an under-motivated Green Bay squad but either way, Aaron Rodgers is going to have something to prove this Sunday. The motivation certainly won’t be lacking with the Pack going up against the inner-division rival Vikings, but Rodgers will have more than just a fight for the NFC North title going for him this weekend. First, he’ll have one of the better receivers in the league back in the lineup with Greg Jennings finally returning to action. Second, “Aaron it Out” has been awesome against the Vikings since 2009 averaging 308.7 yards and three TDs in six games during that span. With the WR band back together, I expect nothing less than a stellar showing from the reigning league MVP.

Matt Ryan - Pyro Character

2.         Matt Ryan (vs. NO, Thursday night) – Matt Ryan has been throwing the ball a ton of late as he’s tossed up four straight 300-yard games with an average of 352 yards per game over that span. The only issue here is that Ryan has thrown a TD pass in just two of those four games. That being said, Matt is having a fantastic season putting up five games with three or more TD passes and topping 300 yards on six occasions (had a 299-yard game as well). He is a must-play in a match-up with the Saints that has the looks of being another shootout. Three weeks ago when these two teams met, Ryan went off for 411 yards passing and three TDs (one INT) in the Falcons loss. The Saints—as has been discussed throughout the season—have a horrible defense and Ryan should be ready to take advantage of them once again. He’s thrown for an average of 378.3 yards and two TDs in his last three games against these guys with a low game of 351 yards. Basically, Ryan needs to be in your lineup this week.  FINAL STATISTICS:  18-for-33 – 165 yards – 1 TDs – 0 INTs  //  3 rushes - –2 yards - 0 TDs

Tom Brady - Pyro Character

3.         Tom Brady (at Mia) – Though it wasn’t totally needed in the Patriots 49-19 Thanksgiving blowout of the Jets, Brady still put up his second-best fantasy numbers of the year while also keeping his accuracy streak going as he now hasn’t thrown an interception in his last 190 pass attempts going back to the fourth quarter of Week 6. His top three games have all come on the road this season, which is where he’ll be in Week 13 as the Pats travel down to Miami to take on the Dolphins. Last year in Miami, Brady had his best game of the season throwing for 517 yards and four TDs. Though he won’t equal those numbers, he should be able to toss up at least 300 yards and three TDs with the Dolphins’ pass D being their weak link.

Drew Brees - Pyro Character

4.         Drew Brees (at Atl, Thursday night) – Drew Brees has not had a 300-yard passing game since Week 8 at Tampa Bay and in that span of five games, he’s averaging just 247 yards passing a game. However, Brees has been making up for the lack of yardage with TD passes of late, as he’s also averaged 2.6 TDs in those five games with three a piece in each of the last three weeks. The best game he had during that span was three weeks ago against the Falcons when he threw for 298 yards and three TDs (one INT) in the Saints home win. Brees has had a lot of success against the Falcons in his career as he’s averaged 314 yards and 2.6 TDs in their last seven meetings and will be looking to dominate them again on Thursday Night. Brees can sometimes have a bit of trouble when he leaves the confines of the Superdome, but heading to another dome in Atlanta has proven to be a home away from home for the guy, so you have to consider Brees a must-start in this game.  FINAL STATISTICS:  28-for-50 – 341 yards – 0 TDs – 5 INTs  //  0 rushes - 0 yards - 0 TDs

Matthew Stafford - Pyro Character

5.         Matthew Stafford (vs. Ind) – Here comes the “Second-Half Staff push, fellas. After a super-slow start to the season, Stafford has now been in the top-five fantasy scorers in three of the past five weeks and has made his way up to eighth on the overall totem pole. The addition-by-subtraction move the Lions made last week concerning the Titus Young suspension and Ryan Broyles insertion into the starting lineup could be the catalyst Stafford needed to get back to where he belongs—in the top-five fantasy QBs. We’ll see for sure this weekend with the Lions playing at home against a very beatable Colts secondary. Detroit isn’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs just yet, but it’s close enough where I expect Matty to let loose a little bit and start whirling the ball all over the place—which can end up being a good thing for fantasy owners.

Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

6.         Peyton Manning (vs. TB) – Peyton Manning has been a man possessed in his return to the field this season averaging 296.4 yards and 2.4 TDs in 11 games. He’s thrown for the third-most TDs and has the third-highest Passer Rating thus far while leading the Broncos to an AFC West-leading 8-3 mark. Last week was a big test for him playing without starting RB Willis McGahee, but as expected, he passed with flying colors throwing for 285 yards and two TDs in the Donkey’s win. This week he’ll take on a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the most passing yards per game (316) and eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. He COULD turn in the top fantasy game of the week here, but with Tampa playing a bit better of late, I’m tentatively expecting mere mid-range QB1 numbers from the four-time league MVP.

Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character

7.         Robert Griffin III (vs. NYG, Monday night) – What a fantasy juggernaut this kid is. Robert Griffin has dipped below 23 fantasy points in a game just three times all season and has now thrown for four TDs in each of his last two games (both wins over divisional foes; Philly and Dallas). This week he’ll be at home against a Giants team he lost to back in Week 7, though he was still able to throw for 258 yards and two TDs while also running for an additional 89 yards. New York has only been so-so against the pass this season allowing the 14th-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, but they’ve normally been great after their bye week as they showed last Sunday night against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. RGIII, however, is a horse of a different color in this league and should be able to battle out some QB1 fantasy numbers when all is said and done.

Tony Romo - Pyro Character

8.         Tony Romo (vs. Phi, Sunday night) – The fantasy stars were aligned for Tony Romo against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving, even if the real life stars were crashing down all over Dallas Cowboys. His 441 yards passing were a bit more than I expected, but the three TDs he tossed up weren’t as he was due for the yearly fantasy outburst that puts him right around the top-ten region. This week he’ll be facing off against another divisional foe when he takes on a down-and-out Eagles team on Sunday night. The Eagles looked absolutely awful against an offensively-challenged Carolina Panthers last Monday, so there’s no reason to believe that Romo be able to outdo his production from their last matchup in Week 10 when he threw for 209 yards and two TDs.

Eli Manning - Pyro Character

9.         Eli Manning (at Was, Monday night) – Finally! After tossing up just two TDs in his last five games and ZERO in his last three, Eli Manning came out of his rut to toss for 249 yards and three TDs against the Packers last Monday night. Does this mean his fantasy season is about to turn around? It might, and will certainly be helped out going up against one of the worst pass defense in the league this Monday night. In fact, Manning’s last 300-yard game came against the Redskins back in Week 7, so he’ll at least have the confidence to make it happen. If he needs any more confidence, all he has to do is look at the to-date statistics as Washington has allowed the most passing TDs in the NFL this year as well as the third-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. These inner-division games change things up a bit, as shown by Eli’s two total TD passes in his last five games against these guys, but I believe he overcomes his past after the confidence-builder he put up last week.

Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

10.       Andy Dalton (at SD) – Andy Dalton is slowly becoming a bit of a fantasy stud as he now has six games with 20 or more fantasy points on the season and seven games with three or more total TDs. He’s accomplished both in each of the last three weeks with his last two coming against teams from the same division as his opponent this Sunday, the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers have been a bit up-and-down against the pass this year and are currently right in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to QBs. However, they’ve been nailed by the injury bug yet again of late and are giving up a ton in the secondary because of it. Look for Dalton to put in another nice low-end QB1 performance this weekend.

Quarterbacks 11-32



11.       Cam Newton (at KC)

12.       Andrew Luck (at Det)

13.       Colin Kaepernick (at StL)

14.       Chad Henne (at Buf)

15.       Matt Schaub (at Ten)

16.       Carson Palmer (vs. Cle)

17.       Ryan Tannehill (vs. NE)

18.       Brandon Weeden (at Oak)

19.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Jax)

20.       Josh Freeman (at Den)

21.       Philip Rivers (vs. Cin)

22.       Jake Locker (vs. Hou)

23.       Joe Flacco (vs. Pit)

24.       Sam Bradford (vs. SF)

25.       Mark Sanchez (vs. Ari) 

26.       Russell Wilson (at Chi)

27.       Jay Cutler (vs. Sea)

28.       Christian Ponder (at GB)

29.       Nick Foles (at Dal, Sunday night)

30.       Ryan Lindley (vs. NYJ)

31.       Charlie Batch (at Bal)

32.       Brady Quinn (vs. Car)




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