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 14 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Week 14 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

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Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 14



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Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Thursday, Dec. 6 - 2:54PM CT)


Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

1.           Peyton Manning (at Oak, Thursday night) – What can you say about Peyton Manning, except that he’s back. He may be coming off his second-worst passing yardage game of the season last week (242 yards), but he still threw for three touchdowns, so fantasy owners got their money’s worth. Peyton has just one 300-yard game in his last five after reeling off five straight earlier in the season, but Thursday night will be a great opportunity for him to start a new streak with the Raiders defense being one of the weakest in the NFL this season. In their last matchup, Manning put up his high fantasy score of the season by completing 30 of 38 passes for 338 yards and three TDs without an INT.  Manning should be licking his chops for this one and is a must-start as always.

Drew Brees - Pyro Character

2.           Drew Brees (at NYG) – So the streak of consecutive games with a TD came to a fitting end for Mr. Brees last week as the division rival Atlanta Falcons not only held him off the scoreboard, but forced him to throw a career-high five interceptions in the process. However, I wouldn’t expect the streak to last even a quarter into the Saints matchup with the Giants this weekend. Last year when these two teams met up, Drew threw for 363 yards, four passing TDs, zero INTs, ran for a TD and ended up with the most fantasy points he’s ever accumulated in one game. There is NO possible way he repeats those kind of numbers, but considering he’s likely to still be a bit peeved about his Week 13 performance, I expect him to do everything he can to make up for it this Sunday.

Matt Ryan - Pyro Character

3.           Matt Ryan (at Car) – Matt Ryan had a string of four straight 300-yard games broken last week, though I expect a new one to be started this Sunday at Carolina. In his last two games against the Panthers, Ryan has averaged 344.5 yards, 3.5 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions, so there’s no doubt the trend for a big game is there for the taking. Add to this the fact that Matty Ice has been almost TWICE as good on the road this season (138.4 fantasy points on the road, 79.6 at home; six games each) and you’ll be hard-pressed to find yourself a better play this weekend.

Aaron Rodgers - Pyro Character

4.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. Det, Sunday night) – Losing one of your top wide receivers in Jordy Nelson is certainly a tough hurdle to jump, but Rodgers is one of the few quarterbacks in the league who I’d trust to make the leap. Playing at home, however, doesn’t really make it any easier as his fantasy stats have actually been slightly better on the road this season. That being said, I have a tough time believing the Lions will be able to get past the devastation of that a last-second touchdown Luck threw against them last weekend, so Aaron should be able to find a way into mid-range QB1 territory. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Greg Jennings is back and ready to play a full complement of snaps.

Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character

5.           Robert Griffin III (vs. Bal) – It wasn’t the greatest fantasy performance of his life, but what a win for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins against the defending Super Bowl champs last Monday night! It was, however, the third time in his last three games that Griffin has put up less than 18 fantasy points in a game, but with Pierre Garcon looking fantastic right now, I’m not too worried about it. This weekend, the injury-laden Baltimore Ravens come to town and will likely be playing without yet another perennial All-Pro, defensive lineman Terrell Suggs. Despite all their injuries, the Ravens have still been pretty good against opposing QBs, but the only guy that remotely resembles Griffin they’ve seen was Michael Vick. I mention this because the Ravens allowed Vick to put up the most fantasy points against them this season by 3.5 points. Basically, Griff will be just fine as a QB1 this Sunday.

Tom Brady - Pyro Character

6.           Tom Brady (vs. Hou, Monday night) – Kind of a lame-duck performance by Mr. Brady this past weekend, wouldn’t you say? Miami was supposed to be easily thrown upon, yet Tommy was only able to manage mediocre fantasy numbers with 238 yards and one TD. On top of that, he also tossed up his first interception since Week 6, so it was actually a pretty sub-par game. I’m not expecting the world from him this Monday night, either, with the Houston Texans and their top-tier defense coming to town. In fact, if CB Johnathan Joseph plays, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Brady outside the top-ten. Yes, Houston CAN be beaten through the air, but without Rob Gronkowski or Julian Edelman in the lineup, the Texans won’t be guessing as to where Brady will be going for most of the game. That being said, this is still Tom Brady and Bill Belichick here, so it also wouldn’t shock me to see the Stetson Man up in the top-three in Week 14 either.

Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

7.           Andrew Luck (vs. Ten) – I’m a little surprised by the insane numbers Luck threw up against the Lions last week simply because his worst performances of the season had all come on the road. However, gaudy numbers are becoming more the norm with the youngster than anything else, so it really wasn’t THAT surprising. This week Luck returns to Indy to take on an improving Titans defense, but not good enough yet to stop Mr. Luck. In six games at home in the dome, Luck has averaged 293 yards while throwing for nine TDs compared to just three INTs. With the Colts secondary receivers (Donnie Avery, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill) getting better and Coby Fleener returning to the lineup, Luck should be a nice QB1 this weekend.

Eli Manning - Pyro Character

8.           Eli Manning (vs. NO) – It’ll be hard to trust Eli Manning after he was only able to muster up 280 yards and one touchdown against the one of the league’s three worst pass defenses this past week (Washington), but he’ll get another chance to silence his critics this Sunday with the New Orleans Saints coming to town. The Saints have allowed seven 300-yard games this season (two of them with 400-yards) and the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, so if Eli can’t put up QB1 numbers in this one, I’m waving the white flag on him this year. However, when he faced them in Week 12 last season, he threw for 406 yards and two TDs, so I expect Manning to at least show me a little something here.

Josh Freeman - Pyro Character

9.           Josh Freeman (vs. Phi) – Freeman had a big few weeks there in the earlier part of the season, but has put up just middle-of-the-road fantasy stats over his last five games. In fact, if not for the garbage-time points he put up last week against the Broncos, he wouldn’t have even been playable as a QB2! His downward trend aside, Week 14 is a whole different story as the Buccaneers will be facing the league’s worst defense over the last five weeks, the reeling Philadelphia Eagles. If you want to get out of a rut, I’d normally suggest playing the Saints but at this point, Big Josh should be just fine against the apathetic Eagles this Sunday. Get him in there.

Cam Newton - Pyro Character

10.       Cam Newton (vs. Atl) – Who has the most fantasy points in the league over the last five weeks? Yep, it’s Cam Newton. It’s truly amazing how much of a difference it makes in fantasy football when you’re a quarterback who can run the ball. Newton’s overall passing stats are downright dreadful compared to the rest of the league, but those rushing numbers make up for it in spades. This week he’ll take on an inner-division Atlanta Falcons team that he put up over 30 fantasy points against back in Week 4. I don’t think he’ll be able to do quite that well again, but it’s certainly possible with the way he’s been playing lately.

Quarterbacks 11-32


11.       Russell Wilson (vs. Ari)

12.       Matthew Stafford (at GB, Sunday night)

13.       Matt Schaub (at NE, Monday night)


14.       Ben Roethlisberger (vs. SD)


15.       Joe Flacco (at Was)

16.       Colin Kaepernick (vs. Mia)


17.       Sam Bradford (at Buf)

18.       Andy Dalton (vs. Dal)

19.       Tony Romo (at Cin)

20.       Jay Cutler (at Min)


21.       Brandon Weeden (vs. KC)

22.       Jake Locker (at Ind)

23.       Carson Palmer (vs. Den, Thursday night)

24.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. StL)

25.       Philip Rivers (at Pit) 

26.       Nick Foles (at TB) 


27.       Chad Henne (vs. NYJ)

28.       Mark Sanchez (at Jax) 

29.       Christian Ponder (vs. Chi)

30.       John Skelton (at Sea)

31.       Brady Quinn (at Cle)

32.       Ryan Tannehill (at SF)




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