Week 15
December 15, 2017


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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 Oakland defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.

12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors

Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.

12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

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Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.

12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

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Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity

Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.

12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

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Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet

To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.

12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

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Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder

Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.

12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

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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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