March 19, 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 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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