March 21, 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 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Week 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/18/12

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2012 Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks




Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 16



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


tom brady

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.

robert griffin III pyro character

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.


peyton manning pyro character

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.


andrew luck pyro character

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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