March 18, 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 - Running Backs

Week 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/18/12

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2012 Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs




Running Back Player Rankings – Week 16



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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Sunday, Dec. 23 - 11:22AM CT)


Arian Foster - Pyro Character

1.           Arian Foster (vs. Min) – 75 of Arian Foster’s season-high 165 yards last weekend came during the Texans final drive of the game, so it’s obvious they didn’t come easy. However, that’s what Houston does on offense—they wear the opposing defense down with one of the league’s best rushing attacks until inevitably; they finally break. They’ve been using this strategy all year long and will continue to do it for at least one more regular season game as a victory this Sunday means a first-round bye in the playoffs. Though I normally believe in personal motivation as a conduit to fantasy success, in this case, I don’t think that the side-story regarding the NFL’s two best running backs (Foster and Peterson) doing battle on the same field will have much of an effect on this game. The simple fact of the matter here is that the Texans are playing at home and fighting for a first-round bye, so I expect nothing less than the coaching staff to let Arian lead the way as they did last week.

Adrian Peterson - Pyro Character

2.           Adrian Peterson (at Hou) – What Adrian Peterson is doing this season is beyond comprehension, but what he’s done over the last eight weeks alone is beyond insanity. Every opponent comes into their game with the Vikings knowing full well that their game plan is to get Adrian Peterson the ball—especially after Percy Harvin went down back in Week 9. Obviously, knowing what a team will do and stopping it are two completely different things. Despite the massive target on his back, Purple Jesus has rattled off eight straight 100-yard games with only two of them going for less than 150 yards. He’s also rushed for nine touchdowns during that time while failing to score just once (at Chicago, Week 12) and has been up over five yards per carry in each of those games. Honestly, I can’t even fathom what he’ll do next, but I do have one reason for why he’s not my top-ranked guy this week; time of possession. Houston has had the ball on offense for a league-best average of 33 minutes and 42 seconds per game this season, almost a full minute and a half more than the next team. Minnesota, on the other hand, has the ball just 27 minutes and 55 seconds on offense, the NFL’s fourth lowest average this season. Both Peterson and Foster can dominate a game on any given Sunday, but I like Foster a touch more this weekend simply because he’ll have at least a few minutes more to be able to.

DeMarco Murray - Pyro Character

3.           DeMarco Murray (vs. NO) – DeMarco has a touchdown in all three games since returning from his foot injury in Week 13 and appears to be gaining both strength and confidence with each passing week. He has the sixth most fantasy points in that span as well and should be given a hefty amount of chances to put up many more this weekend. New Orleans has allowed the second highest yards per carry (5.0), the most rushing yards and the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but the ultimate reason Murray will do well this Sunday is because the Cowboys will use him extensively in order to control the clock and keep Drew Brees off the field.

Knowshon Moreno - Pyro Character

4.           Knowshon Moreno (vs. Cle) – Since regaining the starting job due to Willis McGahee’s season-ending injury, Knowshon Moreno has been playing like a man possessed. Because he’s been a relative non-factor the last year and a half, some people may have forgotten that Moreno was not only a first-round pick back in 2009, but also the first running back taken in that draft. Basically, the kid has skills, but hasn’t necessarily done well to show them since he entered the league—at least until now. Knowshon has received 20 or more carries and at least 24 touches in each of the Broncos last four games, a trend I can’t see ending this weekend against Cleveland. He also has over 100 yards and a touchdown in each of the last two games, numbers I can also see happening again on Sunday. The Browns defense has been dominant on occasion this season, but their rush D definitely hasn’t been of late as they’ve allowed the fifth most fantasy points to running backs over the last three weeks. Once Peyton Manning gets his team out to a lead—which should be early—I expect the Knowshon show to take over for the rest of the game.

Ray Rice - Pyro Character

5.           Ray Rice (vs. NYG) – Ray Rice has failed to score a touchdown in just four of his last 17 regular season home games, though one of those games came last weekend in a loss to the Denver Broncos. There were two reasons why this occurred. The first one was because the Ravens fell behind early and had to abandon the run far more quickly than they would have liked. The second was because Baltimore fired their offensive coordinator (Cam Cameron) earlier in the week, so their new one, Jim Caldwell, had little time to come up with an effective game plan involving Rice. Neither should pose a problem in Week 16 so I expect Rice to go back to his normally dominating ways at home against the Giants.

Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character

6.           Marshawn Lynch (vs. SF, Sunday night) – The best thing “Fugly McSkittles” has going for him in this game against the vaunted 49ers defense is the emergence of his quarterback, Russell Wilson. After some early season rookie growing pains, Wilson has now become a threat to not only pass the ball effectively, but also to run the ball with extreme authority as well. The option-run this Seattle offense has been using is a thing of perfection at this point as defenses have no clue as to whether Lynch will be carrying the ball up the gut or Wilson will be taking it out around the end. Because of this, Marshawn has the second most fantasy points over the last three weeks including two 100-yard games and five touchdowns. Fugly has put up 100 yards in each of his last two meetings with the ‘Niners, so even though San Fran is still one of the toughest teams to run on, I can’t help but think there’s yet another one coming this Sunday night.

Doug Martin - Pyro Character

7.           Doug Martin (vs. StL) – Doug Martin had easily the worst game of his rookie season last weekend against the Saints, but I can’t believe that the poor performance was solely his fault. Not only did New Orleans get up early enough to force the Buccaneers into abandoning the run, but Josh Freeman was so awful that the Saints had no problem with keying in on Martin for most of the game. Will the same thing happen this week? It might, but St. Louis isn’t good enough to force the Bucs away from the running game, so the Muscle Hamster should be used enough to put up RB1 fantasy points this week. Besides, the Rams have allowed the second most touchdowns and sixth most fantasy points to running backs over the last five weeks, so a man of Martin’s talents should be just fine.

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

8.           Alfred Morris (at Phi) – Alfred Morris has been crazy-good lately putting up the fifth most fantasy points in the league during the last five weeks and fourth most in the last three. In last weekend’s game against the Browns, for the first time in a month, Morris failed to rush for 100 yards—but was still able to give his fantasy owners quite a bit of love punching in two touchdowns during the second half of the game. This week he’ll be facing an Eagles squad that has all but mailed it in this season, so look for Morris to tote the ball 20-plus times for the sixth week in a row en route to another top ten fantasy performance.

Frank Gore - Pyro Character

9.           Frank Gore (at Sea, Sunday night) – Frank the Tank Gore keeps chugging along as he compiled his fourth straight week with double-digit fantasy points in the 49ers win against the Patriots last weekend. His touchdown streak was snapped at two games in a row, and it will certainly be tough to get another one going against a hard-core Seattle rush D this Sunday night, but I believe it will happen. The insertion of Colin Kaepernick into this offense has really opened things up for the 49ers as defenses not only have to worry about his running ability, but as he showed against the Patriots, they obviously have to worry about his Grade-A arm as well. Because of this, Gore should see more lanes open this weekend, especially with the Seahawks’ safeties likely having to roll coverage in an effort to help make up for the loss of their starting cornerbacks. Without the Seattle safeties crowding the line, Gore should have a field day out there and at least be able to match his two-year average of 13.9 fantasy points against these guys.

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

10.       Stevan Ridley (at Jax) – Last week against the 49ers was the first time since Week 7 that Stevan Ridley didn’t rush in a touchdown for his team. The reason why I have him listed in the top ten this week is because I fully expect him to start up another streak this Sunday against a Jaguars defense that has allowed the second most rushing touchdowns this season as well as the second most fantasy points to running backs. However, with his fumbling problem still not solved, Ridley may be in Bill Belichick’s doghouse right now so this ranking may be a bit of a chancy call. That being said, Belichick also knows that the Patriots need a strong running game to win the Super Bowl this season, so I believe that after Tom Brady has led New England to an insurmountable lead this weekend, Ridley will be allowed to work out his kinks for the rest of the game. If he sees at least 15-20 carries, which he most definitely should, then a rushing TD and top ten fantasy numbers are almost guaranteed.

Running Backs 11-50


11.       Jamaal Charles (vs. Ind)

12.       Matt Forte (at Ari)

13.       Reggie Bush (vs. Buf)

14.       C.J. Spiller (at Mia)

15.       Darren McFadden (at Car)


16.       Vick Ballard (at KC)

17.       Chris Johnson (at GB)

18.       Ahmad Bradshaw (at Bal)

19.       Trent Richardson (at Den) 

20.       Darren Sproles (at Dal)

21.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at Pit) 

22.       Michael Turner (at Det, Saturday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  13 rushes – 41 yards - 0 TDs  //  4 catches - 16 yards - 0 TDs

23.       Mikel Leshoure (vs. Atl, Saturday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  15 rushes – 46 yards - 1 TD  //  3 catches - 20 yards - 0 TDs

24.       LeSean McCoy (vs. Was)

25.       Steven Jackson (at TB)

26.       Shonn Greene (vs. SD)

27.       Jonathan Dwyer (vs. Cin)

28.       Bilal Powell (vs. SD)

29.       Ryan Grant (vs. Ten)

30.       DeAngelo Williams (vs. Oak)

31.       Beanie Wells (vs. Chi)

32.       Joique Bell (vs. Atl, Saturday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  4 rushes – 10 yards - 0 TDs  //  9 catches - 73 yards - 0 TDs

33.       Mark Ingram (at Dal)

34.       Montell Owens (vs. NE)

35.       Jackie Battle (at NYJ)

36.       Jacquizz Rodgers (at Det, Saturday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  6 rushes – 14 yards - 0 TDs  //  1 catch - 11 yards - 0 TDs

37.       Mike Goodson (at Car)

38.       Ben Tate (vs. Min)

39.       Danny Woodhead (at Jax)

40.       Ronnie Brown (at NYJ)

41.       David Wilson (at Bal)

42.       Bryce Brown (vs. Was)

43.       Pierre Thomas (at Dal)

44.       Mike Tolbert (vs. Oak)

45.       Isaac Redman (vs. Cin)

46.       Lamar Miller (vs. Buf)

47.       DuJuan Harris (vs. Ten)

48.       LaMichael James (at Sea, Sunday night)

49.       Ronnie Hillman (vs. Cle)

50.       Marcel Reece (at Car)



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