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Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Bills replace Watkins with Jordan Matthews


“Bills acquired WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.” I’m not quite sure what the Bills are thinking here, they now have three (Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin) receivers that play predominantly out of the slot.

Fantasy Goo: For Matthews this is pretty much a lateral move, if he continues to play from the slot. He is far more successful from the slot compared to playing the outside receiver positions. Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/11/17, 07:38 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Week 15 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Tight Ends

Week 15 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Tight Ends

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/11/12

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2012 Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings - Tight Ends

 

 

 

Tight End Player Rankings – Week 15

 

 

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Tight Ends                 (Updated:  Sunday, Dec. 16 - 11:06AM CT)

 

Jimmy Graham - Pyro Character

1.       Jimmy Graham (vs. TB) – Jimmy Graham has been kept out of the end zone for three straight games now, his longest stretch since Weeks 11-14 of 2010. I don’t expect there to be a fourth. This week he takes on a Tampa Bay defense that has allowed the tenth most fantasy points to tight ends this season, including a six-catch, 52-yard effort with a touchdown to Clay Harbor last weekend. If Graham doesn’t put up monster numbers in a rematch game that saw nearly 1,000 total yards put up between these two teams in their first go around, I’ll eat my dog.


Aaron Hernandez - Pyro Character

2.       Aaron Hernandez (vs. SF, Sunday night) – Aaron Hernandez has been an absolute fantasy monster these last two weeks catching 16 balls for 155 yards and two touchdowns combined. He has a tough as nails matchup this Sunday night going up against the vaunted 49ers defense, but with Rob Gronkowski looking like he’ll be out for at least another week, Hernandez should see a ton of targets yet again and put up TE1 fantasy stats with the action.


Tony Gonzalez - Pyro Character

3.       Tony Gonzalez (vs. NYG) – I think it’s fair to say at this point that Tony Gonzalez is not a normal man. Most people slow down a bit in life when they reach the 36 years old threshold—especially professional athletes—but not Tony G. All Gonzalez has done this season is catch 81 passes (sixth most in his 16-year career) for 831 yards and seven touchdowns (tied for fifth most in his career), numbers most tight ends in the league would kill to have. This week he faces New York Giants defense that has done well against tight ends this season, but in a game I expect to be relatively high scoring, there’s no way Gonzo doesn’t have a TE1 type of day.


Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character

4.       Dennis Pitta (vs. Den) –Dennis Pitta started the season out hot catching 18 balls and two touchdowns through the Ravens first three games. After a major lull between weeks four and nine, Pitta has gotten hot again nabbing three TDs in his last five games. This week might be a little strange with Baltimore firing their offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, but I believe this will actually be a good thing for Mr. Pitta. The team’s new OC, Jim Caldwell, has vowed to go back to the no-huddle offense which is precisely the scheme that put Dennis on the map early in the first place. He also happens to be going against a Broncos squad that has allowed the most touchdowns and second most fantasy points to tight ends this season, so things are looking pretty good for the Ravens’ TE in Week 15.


Martellus Bennett - Pyro Character

5.       Martellus Bennett (at Atl) – I’m stating this one for the record right now:  As Eli Manning goes, so go his tight ends. Whether it’s something he learned from his older brother throughout the years or something he developed on his own, Eli has made his tight end an integral part of the New York Giants offense over the years and it’s shown in Martellus Bennett’s stats this season. Bennett now has touchdowns in two straight games and the third most fantasy points in the league over the last three weeks. Considering the Falcons allow the seventh most fantasy points per game this season, Martellus looks to be a prime play for your Week 15 fantasy playoff matchup.


Owen Daniels - Pyro Character

6.       Owen Daniels (vs. Ind) – Can Owen Daniels rebound from his lackluster effort last week when he put up just two catches for 24 yards against the Patriots? I believe he can, though it won’t be easy in an inner-division matchup with the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. The Colts were one of the best at defending the tight end for most of the season, but have recently had some serious problems as they’ve allowed a touchdown to a tight end in four straight games now. Daniels may not put up a ton of yards in this one, but once the Texans establish the run game (which they will), I expect Owen to see a bunch of play-action passes come his way, including one near the goal line for a touchdown.


Vernon Davis - Pyro Character

7.       Vernon Davis (at NE, Sunday night) – I know it’s strange to see his name up here since he’s been nearly invisible in the stat column for almost a month now, but things change quickly in this crazy game we call fantasy football. The tight end position has been the most fickle of them all this season seeing anyone from Brandon Myers to Garrett Graham go off in any given week. At this point, all you can do is play the matchup game, and Vernon Davis certainly has a good one to look at here in Week 15. The New England Patriots have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends this season, with the best fantasy scores coming to tight ends on teams with a great running game. Obviously, the 49ers are included in that category, so even though it might be hard to trust Davis at this point, this might be the time to take a chance on him again.


Brandon Myers - Pyro Character

8.       Brandon Myers (vs. KC) – I would venture to say that Brandon Myers is the biggest surprise of this 2012 fantasy season. He’s at least in the top five, seeing how he only had 32 catches for 250 yards and zero touchdowns during his first three years in the league. Last week was certainly his worst fantasy performance of the season catching just one ball for a measly seven yards against the Broncos, but I don’t expect something like that to happen again this weekend. The Chiefs are in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed this season, but they haven’t fared well lately allowing two TDs and the eighth most fantasy points to tight ends over the last three weeks.


Jermaine Gresham - Pyro Character

9.       Jermaine Gresham (at Phi, Thursday night) – Jermaine Gresham has established himself as a top ten fantasy tight end this season and though he was held to just 43 yards without a TD last week, he’s still found himself in the end zone three times in his five games. He’s also been one of the few consistent guys at his position this season and finds himself with a good matchup for fantasy owners this Thursday night. The Philadelphia Eagles have been atrocious on defense for quite awhile now and I highly doubt the trend ends here against the Bengals. I wouldn’t expect a 100-yard game because that’s not really his thing, but he should be able break 60 yards and has a good chance for a TD as well.  FINAL STATISTICS:  6 catches - 63 yards - 0 TDs


Jason Witten - Pyro Character

10.   Jason Witten (vs. Pit) – Jason Witten caught less than six passes last week for the first time since Week 3, but four catches for 62 yards isn’t really all that bad. This week will be one of his toughest tests of the season going up against a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed more than four catches to a tight end just once all season long (five to Jacob Tamme in Week 1), but I think he pulls through just fine. I have no doubt he’ll be the second player to catch five or more passes against these guys this weekend and could maybe even snag his second TD of the season, seeing how the Steelers have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends thus far (eighth most in the league).



Tight Ends 11-32


11.   Heath Miller (at Dal)


12.   Greg Olsen (at SD)


13.   Dallas Clark (at NO)

 

14.   Tony Scheffler (at Ari)

 

15.   Kyle Rudolph (at StL) 


16.   Antonio Gates (vs. Car)


17.   Jermichael Finley (at Chi)


18.   Ben Watson (vs. Was) 

 

19.   Jacob Tamme (at Bal) 

 

20.   Coby Fleener (at Hou)

 

21.   Marcedes Lewis (at Mia)

 

22.   Craig Stevens (vs. NYJ)

 

23.   Clay Harbor (vs. Cin, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  3 catches - 30 yards - 0 TDs

 

24.   Scott Chandler (vs. Sea)


25.   Joel Dreessen (at Bal)


26.   Tony Moeaki (at Oak)


27.   Jeff Cumberland (at Ten, Monday night)


28.   Delanie Walker (at NE, Sunday night)


29.   Dwayne Allen (at Hou)


30.   Lance Kendricks (vs. Min)


31.   Zach Miller (at Buf)


32.   Kellen Davis (vs. GB)

 

 

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