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December 16, 2017
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Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It


The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.


12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action


Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.


12/15/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's


Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).


12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!


Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.


12/15/17, 05:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear


Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.


12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

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 Giants 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

Week 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Week 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/18/12

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Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 16

 

 

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Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Sunday, Dec. 23 - 11:31AM CT)

 

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1.           Tom Brady (at Jax) – This is usually the time of year when Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots turn up the juice in order to be in high-gear for the playoffs. However, it’s not very often when the Pats are fighting for something as important as a first-round bye at this point. To make it happen, the 10-4 Patriots not only need to win out, but also need the Peyton Manning-led Broncos to lose at least one of their final two games as well. All Brady can do is take care of own, which he most certainly will. No amount of analysis here can change the simple fact that Brady and Belichick will be out for blood after their embarrassing loss to the 49ers on national TV last Sunday night.

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2.           Robert Griffin III (at Phi) – If Robert Griffin ends up playing this Sunday—which I believe he will—then make sure you find a way to watch the game because you won’t want to miss your chance at witnessing a man whose sole purpose in life will be to destroy his opposition. Kirk Cousins did a spectacular job of filling in for RGIII and the Redskins last weekend, but you can tell the whole situation was sort of surreal to Griffin and that it was eating him alive as he watched. He clearly HATED not being a part of the victory and it seemed he could sense a collective questioning as to whether or not his services were truly needed for this to be a winning team. If he suits up this weekend, beating the Philadelphia Eagles to stay atop the NFC East and proving his superiority as the Redskins unquestioned starting quarterback will be goals 1a and 1b for Griffin—just not necessarily in that order.

 

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3.           Cam Newton (vs. Oak) – The only reason why Cam Newton didn’t end up with top-five fantasy stats last weekend is because Mike Tolbert deserved the two 1-yard touchdowns the Carolina coaching staff gave in the first quarter going up against his former team (San Diego Chargers). That’s it. Otherwise, Newton had another fine fantasy showing and is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league right now. In fact, Newton hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 10 against the Broncos, a span of just over five games. The Panthers will be at home this weekend where Cam tends to feel a little more pressure, but with the lowly Raiders in town and the playoffs out of reach, I expect him to let loose and somewhat selfishly go for the best possible stats he can. In real life, I truly wish he wasn’t that type of guy—but the proof is in the pudding and let me tell ya, no silky goodness ever tasted so sweet to a fantasy owner looking for a championship.

 

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4.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. Ten) – The Packers may have clinched the NFC North and a playoff spot with their win over the hapless Chicago Bears last weekend, but they still need to win their final two games to have a shot at a first-round bye. Thank goodness for Aaron Rodgers’ fantasy owners, because last season when the Pack had nothing to play for at this point, coach Mike McCarthy decided to ignore/screw millions of fantasy players out there and sat Rodgers for the final game of the season. Booooo! That won’t happen this time around. What’s even better is that Rodgers will play in the comfy confines of Lambeau Field this week against a below average Tennessee pass defense. A Jordy Nelson return would be icing on the cake, but either way, Discount Double Check will be a high-end QB1 for fantasy championship games this weekend.


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5.           Matt Ryan (at Det, Saturday night) – The Falcons needed Matty Ice to come up big for them against the defending Super Bowl champs last weekend, and boy did he come through. In fact, it might have been Ryan’s best/most complete performance of the season as he tossed up three touchdowns and no interceptions while missing on just five passes all afternoon (23-of-28, 82.1 percent). This Saturday night he’ll be traveling up to Detroit to take on a Lions team that has completely fallen apart losing their last six games in a row. Their defense is in shambles, so Ryan should be able to pick them apart, but he has a few other things going for him as well. First, the game is in a dome so not only will it make him feel at home, it also makes Ryan one of the few quarterbacks who will be unaffected by weather this weekend. Second, Ryan is a better fantasy player away from home as he’s averaged 22.6 fantasy points on the road as opposed to 14.6 in Atlanta. Third, a Falcons win will seal a first-round bye, so with all the motivation in the world this weekend, I expect Matty Ice to come through for his owners one more time.  Final Statistics:  25-for-32 – 279 yards – 4 TDs – 0 INTs  //  2 rushes - 25 yards - 0 TDs

 

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6.           Drew Brees (at Dal) – One thing you can say about Drew Brees is that he’s definitely not a quitter. At 6-8, the Saints have only the slightest of chances to make the playoffs this season, but as long as they’re still alive, Brees will give more than his all to win a game. Not that I believe he would quit if the Saints were eliminated, but the coaching staff may choose to check out a few rookies in Week 17 if New Orleans can’t stay alive this weekend. Playoff scenarios aside, Cool Brees will not disappoint his fantasy owners this Sunday despite the Cowboys above average pass D. If Dallas gets rookie CB Morris Claiborne (concussion) back in their secondary this week, it might be a little more difficult for Brees to put up huge fantasy points, but like I said—the former Super Bowl MVP won’t go quietly and you can bet the farm he goes down throwing.

 

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7.           Peyton Manning (vs. Cle) – Peyton Manning has definitely slowed down as a fantasy quarterback in the second half of the season and has thrown just two touchdowns in the last two games combined, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a must-start this weekend. One reason is because of his fantasy numbers at home, which are far superior to his away numbers as he’s averaged 21.6 fantasy points at Mile High Stadium compared to just 16.5 on the road. The Cleveland Browns can be beat through the air as well, as shown by the Redskins rookie backup quarterback, Kirk Cousins, last Sunday in Cleveland. Add in the extra motivation of being able to secure a first-round bye with two more wins and there’s no doubt in my mind Peyton ends up with QB1 type numbers in Week 16.

 

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8.           Tony Romo (vs. NO) – While Tony Romo has been relatively average as a starting fantasy quarterback this season, he’s still thrown for eight 300-yard games, with his last one coming against the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend. He’s on a bit of a roll right now putting up the third most fantasy points in the league over the last five weeks, and with WR Dez Bryant playing out of his mind lately, I doubt his roll ends here. With a miniscule hope of reaching the playoffs still alive, I expect Drew Brees to come out firing this Sunday, so if the Cowboys want to stay with the high-flying Saints and keep their own playoff hopes alive, Romo will have to pass the ball as well. He’s always been a better quarterback at home, anyway, so feel free to start him against a bottom-tier Saints pass D in Week 16.

 

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9.           Andrew Luck (at KC) – Andrew Luck began his rookie fantasy campaign having a tough time putting up starter-worthy numbers on the road. However, after working out the kinks over the course of the season, he’s performed much better away from Indianapolis of late averaging 22.7 fantasy points in his last two road games. This week he’ll travel to Kansas City to face a Chiefs pass defense that actually allows more fantasy points to quarterbacks at home than they do on the road. Overall they allow the ninth most fantasy points to opposing QBs, so there’s no reason to think Luck won’t put up some nice numbers here. The only thing I can see getting in the way of Luck being a QB1 this weekend is if the Colts decide to take advantage of Kansas City’s bottom-tier run defense and run the ball more than usual. However, I highly doubt the Colts’ coaching staff puts the ball in Vick Ballard’s hands over Andrew Luck in a playoff-clinching game such as this.

 

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10.       Colin Kaepernick (at Sea, Sunday night) – It may have come against a weak New England Patriots secondary, but Colin Kaepernick’s arrival onto the fantasy scene last weekend was truly a thing of beauty. I can talk about my expectations of him as a force in fantasy leagues for years to come, but there’s never a more important fantasy game to play than the next one on the schedule, so I’ll leave that conversation for the off-season. This week will be a major test for the youngster going up against one of the best defenses in the league and inner-division rival Seattle Seahawks, but I believe he pulls through with QB1 numbers for a couple of reasons. First, though it looks like Richard Sherman's suspension appeal will be put off yet another week, Seattle will still be without one their top two cornerbacks, Brandon Browner. Second, their two backup cornerbacks, Walter Thurmond and Marcus Trufant, were both inactive with hamstring injuries last week and are iffy to play this weekend. Third, Seattle is one of the toughest teams to run against as is, so the ‘Niners may be forced to pass the ball more anyway. Basically, Kaepernick looks good for another QB1 type of day in Week 16.



Quarterbacks 11-32

 

11.       Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Cin)


12.       Matt Schaub (vs. Min)


13.       Matthew Stafford (vs. Atl, Saturday night) – Final Statistics:  37-for-56 – 443 yards – 0 TDs – 1 INT  //  1 rush - 2 yards - 0 TDs


14.       Eli Manning (at Bal)


15.       Joe Flacco (vs. NYG)


16.       Russell Wilson (vs. SF, Sunday night)


17.       Josh Freeman (vs. StL)


18.       Sam Bradford (at TB)


19.       Nick Foles (vs. Was) 


20.       Chad Henne (vs. NE)


21.       Carson Palmer (at Car)


22.       Andy Dalton (at Pit) 


23.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (at Mia)


24.       Ryan Tannehill (vs. Buf)


25.       Jay Cutler (at Ari)


26.       Jake Locker (at GB)


27.       Philip Rivers (at NYJ)


28.       Greg McIlroy (vs. SD)


29.       Brandon Weeden (at Den)


30.       Christian Ponder (at Hou)


31.       Brady Quinn (vs. Ind)


32.       Ryan Lindley (vs. Chi)

 

 

 

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