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Nick Foles

Kansas City Chiefs

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 Oakland 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


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.


12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.


12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.


12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.


12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors


Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.


12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family


According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.


12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity


Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.


12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet


To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.


12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder


Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.


12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 15 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 15 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

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2012 Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs

 

 

 

Running Back Player Rankings – Week 15

 

 

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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Sunday, Dec. 16 - 10:46AM CT)

 

Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character

1.           Marshawn Lynch (at Buf) – “Fugly McSkittles” had the best game of his career last weekend rushing for 128 yards and three touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals… and he did it on just 11 carries!!! I can’t imagine the type of numbers he would have put up if the Seahawks didn’t replace him five minutes into the third quarter with a 45-0 lead. Arizona’s rush D had actually been pretty darn good this season before that game, not like the Buffalo Bills who have been awful the whole way through. With the Seahawks still fighting for a playoff spot, Coach Pete Carroll plans to ride the beast hard over the next few weeks, so I expect another monster performance to come from him this Sunday.


Adrian Peterson - Pyro Character

2.           Adrian Peterson (at StL) – I honestly have no idea how to praise this guy any more than I already have. The guy is simply amazing. After 13 games, Adrian Peterson’s numbers continue to speak for themselves as he’s now on pace for 1,969 yards, 12 touchdowns and slightly over a 6.2 yards-per-carry average. His 18 runs of 20 yards or more (C.J. Spiller is second with 11) are astounding and if it’s even possible, he seems to be both stronger and faster now than he was at the beginning of the season. St. Louis has been pretty good against the run this year, but they’ve allowed 12 TDs on the ground to RBs this season, tied for fourth-most in the league. Peterson’s lone career game against the Rams was in St. Louis where he took two of his 14 carries into the end zone. I wouldn’t be shocked to see it happen again this time around.


Arian Foster - Pyro Character

3.           Arian Foster (vs. Ind) – Arian Foster did what he does best for his fantasy owners last Monday night, which was take one of his 19 touches into the end zone against a tough Patriots rush defense. You can’t ask for much more than at least one touchdown in 12 of 13 games this season, but I’m sure there are plenty of playoff owners out there asking for exactly that. Never fear, because I have no doubt your wishes will come true this Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts rush defense hasn’t been terrible as a whole this season, but they’ve given up a ton of touchdowns and have been awful on the road. With Texans playing at home and fighting for a first-round playoff bye, look for the coaching staff to let Arian lead the way to victory.


Doug Martin - Pyro Character

4.           Doug Martin (at NO) – After a weak performance in Denver back in Week 13, the “Muscle Hamster” got back on track last Sunday rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown while touching the ball a whopping 31 times against the Philadelphia Eagles. This week I expect another grand showing for the youngster with the Buccaneers traveling to New Orleans for a rematch with the defensively-challenged Saints. The last time they met back in Week 7, Martin was able to put up 122 total yards and touchdown en route to one of his finer fantasy outputs of the season. I’ll be very surprised if the rookie doesn’t put up nearly the same exact numbers this Sunday.


Jamaal Charles - Pyro Character

5.           Jamaal Charles (at Oak) – After last weekend’s 165-yard outburst against the Cleveland Browns, Jamaal Charles now has three straight 100-yard games, four in his last five games, and a total of six on the season. The bonus last week, however, was that Charles was able to find the end zone for the fifth time this season (four rushing, one receiving) on a delicious 80-yard, highlight speed-run on the first play of the game. This week he’ll be taking on the Oakland Raiders, a defense that has allowed the second most rushing touchdowns and second most fantasy points to running backs this season, as well as two 100-yard rushers in the last three weeks alone. He’s fun to watch as is, but you won’t want to miss the “Ostrich” this weekend.


Ray Rice - Pyro Character

6.           Ray Rice (vs. Den) – The Baltimore Ravens decided to fire it’s offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, this week, partly due to the way he misused Ray Rice. Rice should have been seeing far more touches per game than he had been under Cameron, a mistake that will undoubtedly change from here on out under new OC, Jim Caldwell. Be that as it may, Rice was still able to put up his highest rushing total of the season last week with 121 yards and a touchdown against the Washington Redskins. This Sunday he returns home, where he plays much better, to take on the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos. The Donkeys have been one of the best teams against the rush this season, but they HAVE allowed three guys to go over 100 yards (Arian Foster, Stevan Ridley, Jamaal Charles), so obviously they can be run on for some nice fantasy points.


Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

7.           Trent Richardson (vs. Was) – Trent Richardson continues to plod along at a very slow pace putting up his ninth game of the season with less than 3.7 yards per carry last week against the Chiefs. As usual, however, he was able to save his fantasy owners for the week by crossing the goal line twice to give him 10 total touchdowns on the season. This week he’ll be at home against a better than average Redskins rush D, even though they have given up two 100-yard rushers in the last two weekends. They’re also not very good at defending running backs that excel in the passing game, so Trent should be just fine for Week 15.


Chris Johnson - Pyro Character

8.           Chris Johnson (vs. NYJ, Monday night) – CJ2K went up over 1,000 yards last week for his fifth straight campaign, though the feat didn’t come easy. I was expecting a lot more than the 44 yards on 19 carries he put up against a weak Indianapolis Colts defense in Week 14, as I’m sure did all his fantasy owners out there. He now has two straight dismal fantasy games when it counts the most, though if you’re still in the running for the trophy, this week should turn out to be better. The New York Jets, though not a sieve against the run, tend to allow a big play or two a game—something Johnson happens to excel in finding throughout a game. His RB1 status will hinge on him finding that big run or two this Monday night, but it’s definitely worth a chance.

 

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

9.           Alfred Morris (at Cle) – Alfred Morris has put together an astounding rookie season as he currently has 1,228 yards, seven touchdowns and the tenth most fantasy points per game. He also has a string of three straight 100-yard performances right now and leads all rookies with six on the season. This week he takes on a Cleveland Browns rush defense that is getting better, though they just allowed Jamaal Charles to run for 165 yards against them last week. They’ve also been pretty porous against NFC East teams allowing a running back from each of the other squads (LeSean McCoy, Ahmad Bradshaw, Felix Jones) to put up double-digit fantasy points against them. A touchdown may be a bit hard to come by, but I expect his 100-yard game streak to increase to four in this one.


C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

10.       C.J. Spiller (vs. Sea) – C.J. Spiller and his 6.6 yards per carry will FOR SURE have the backfield all to himself this weekend, which is something fantasy owners have been waiting for ever since the minor tease of it happening earlier in the season. This time, however, Jackson is on I.R., so there’s no chance Spiller doesn’t carry the load. The only reason I don’t have Spiller higher in the rankings is because the Seattle Seahawks have been one of the best teams against the run for most of the season. They did, however, allow five running backs in a four-game stretch recently to put up double-digit fantasy points against them, so there’s no reason to think an explosive player like C.J. won’t do the same.

 

Darren McFadden - Pyro Character

10a.   Darren McFadden (vs. KC) For all intents and purposes, Darren McFadden has been a royal disappointment to millions of fantasy owners this year. The only thing I thought could prevent him from landing in the top-5 fantasy RBs this season were his normally injury-prone ways—and as it turned out, he stayed true to form and missed four full games when he was needed the most. You can be pissed as hell at him and tell yourself you’ll never waste a draft pick on Run DNP again, but this is the fantasy playoffs, folks. All emotions need to be put aside so that we can focus on the singular task at hand—winning the whole f’in thing. As it happens, McFadden has himself a nice matchup this weekend going up against a weak Kansas City defense. The Chiefs have allowed the sixth most rushing yards per game (131.2), seventh highest yards per carry (4.6 YPC) and ninth most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, so if you’re willing to put your anger on hold for a week, you might want to give Run DNP a chance.



Running Backs 12-50

 

12.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at Phi, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  25 rushes – 106 yards - 1 TD  //  0 catches - 0 yards - 0 TDs


13.       David Wilson (at Atl)


14.       Bryce Brown (vs. Cin, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  16 rushes - 34 yards - 0 TDs  //  1 catch - 11 yards - 0 TDs


15.       Ryan Mathews (vs. Car) 

 

16.       Knowshon Moreno (at Bal)


17.       Frank Gore (at NE, Sunday night)


18.       Steven Jackson (vs. Min)


19.       Reggie Bush (vs. Jax)


20.       DeMarco Murray (vs. Pit)


21.       Shonn Greene (at Ten, Monday night)


22.       Mikel Leshoure (at Ari)


23.       Matt Forte (vs. GB)


24.       Darren Sproles (vs. TB)


25.       Stevan Ridley (vs. SF, Sunday night) 


26.       Vick Ballard (at Hou)


27.       Michael Turner (vs. NYG)


28.       Joique Bell (at Ari)


29.       Jonathan Dwyer (at Dal)


30.       Montell Owens (at Mia)


31.       Alex Green (at Chi)


32.       DeAngelo Williams (at SD)


33.       Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. NYG)


34.       Beanie Wells (vs. Det)


35.       Ben Tate (vs. Ind)


36.       Bilal Powell (at Ten, Monday night)


37.       Pierre Thomas (vs. TB)


38.       Shane Vereen (vs. SF, Sunday night)


39.       Marcel Reece (vs. KC)


40.       Mark Ingram (vs. TB)


41.       Peyton Hillis (at Oak)


42.       Isaac Redman (at Dal)


43.       LaMichael James (at NE, Sunday night)


44.       Robert Turbin (at Buf)


45.       Danny Woodhead (vs. SF, Sunday night)


46.       Michael Bush (vs. GB)


47.       Daniel Thomas (vs. Jax)


48.       Bernard Pierce (vs. Den)


49.       Mike Tolbert (at SD)


50.       Montario Hardesty (vs. Was)

 

 

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