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 - Tight Ends

Week 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Tight Ends

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/19/12

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2012 Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings - Tight Ends




Tight End Player Rankings – Week 16



QB Rankings  RB Rankings  WR Rankings



Tight Ends                 (Updated:  Friday, Dec. 21 - 5:42PM CT)


Tony Gonzalez - Pyro Character

1.       Tony Gonzalez (at Det, Saturday night) – Tony Gonzalez did it again for his fantasy owners last Sunday grabbing his eighth touchdown of the season while putting up yet another week of top-tier fantasy points. There’s no doubt Gonzo is an ageless wonder who could likely play at a high level for five more years, but it’s very possible this will be the second to last time we get to watch the greatest tight end in NFL history play in a regular season game. I’m sure Matt Ryan knows this as well, so don’t think for one second he won’t be trying to get him the ball as much as the game plan allows over the next two weeks. Combine a healthy amount of targets and a Lions defense that allows the seventh most fantasy points per game to tight ends, and you’re looking at a surefire TE1 this championship weekend.

Aaron Hernandez - Pyro Character

2.       Aaron Hernandez (at Jax) – There’s a slight possibility the Patriots will get Rob Gronkowski back this weekend, but if they don’t (and I highly doubt they will), then Aaron Hernandez will see another full load of targets from Tom Brady on Sunday. Hernandez has seen double-digit targets in each of the last three games despite each of those teams being amongst the best at defending his position. Basically, with the amount New England uses the tight end, it really doesn’t matter who they face. That being said, Jacksonville happens to have allowed the second most fantasy points to tight ends over the last five weeks, so chalk up another humdinger for Aaron in this one.

Jimmy Graham - Pyro Character

3.       Jimmy Graham (at Dal) – I’m having a tough time understanding what the problem is with Jimmy Graham this season. He hasn’t been bad by any means, but he hasn’t been nearly as dominant as he was last season either. It’s not a lack of targets, seeing how he’s one of three in the league with more than 100 so far this year (plus he missed a game), and I doubt his wrist injury is really that disruptive. It could be predictability within the offense, as it seems he keeps running the same patterns over and over again. Anyway, his opponent this Sunday (the Dallas Cowboys) has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends during the last five weeks, so it would shock me to see Graham land outside the top five this weekend.

Jason Witten - Pyro Character

4.       Jason Witten (vs. NO) – As I thought he might, Jason Witten finally caught his second touchdown of the season last week in an overtime win against the Steelers. The 43 yards he went for were the fewest he’s put up since way back in Week 3, but the touchdown definitely made up for it. His 97 catches still lead all tight ends on the season and if he can grab just six more over the next two weeks, he’ll break Tony Gonzalez’s record of 102 set back in 2004. With the New Orleans Saints allowing the fourth most receptions to tight ends this season, I’m betting Witten does it this weekend en route to another top-tier fantasy performance.

Heath Miller - Pyro Character

5.       Heath Miller (vs. Cin) – When Ben Roethlisberger stated early in the year that he wanted to get Heath Miller into the Pro Bowl game this season, he wasn’t kidding. Not only is Miller tied for the second most touchdown catches for tight ends in 2012, but he also has the fourth most yards, fifth most receptions and most importantly—the fourth most fantasy points. He’s been the second best tight end over the last three weeks (behind Aaron Hernandez) and with the way Big Ben is targeting him, I doubt his string of top-notch games ends here. Earlier this season, Heath put up 53 yards and a touchdown on six catches against these Bengals, numbers he could easily hit again this Sunday.


Greg Olsen - Pyro Character

6.       Greg Olsen (vs. Oak) – There was a general consensus throughout the world of fantasy that Greg Olsen would put up better numbers this season than he did in his first for Carolina, but I personally didn’t expect him to be fifth in the league in fantasy points after 15 weeks. His talent was undeniable as a first-round pick back in 2007, and now it seems his skills are finally coming to the forefront within this Carolina Panthers offense. He’s certainly been an up and down starter this fantasy season, putting up just as many duds as week-winners, but it looks like he has a good chance of being a worthwhile play here in Week 16. Olsen has been on a bit of a roll here lately putting up three double-digit fantasy performances and grabbing four touchdowns in his last six games, so with the Oakland Raiders allowing the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends this season; you might want to think about getting Greg in your lineup.

Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character

7.       Dennis Pitta (vs. NYG) – Like I said last week, nothing could have been better for those who own Dennis Pitta than Baltimore’s firing of offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. Under the Ravens’ new regime last weekend, Pitta went off for a career-best 125 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches, though he was playing against the league’s worst team at defending tight ends, the Denver Broncos. This week will be a little tougher for the former fourth-rounder out of BYU as he’ll take on a Giants defense that’s only allowed three touchdowns to tight ends this season (fourth fewest in the league). However, they’ve also allowed the fourth most receptions and seventh most yards, so Pitta should at least be a strong play in PPR leagues. Either way, Dennis should have himself a nice game in Week 16.

Owen Daniels - Pyro Character

8.       Owen Daniels (vs. Min) – Owen Daniels has been going through a bit of a mid-life crises of late. In the five games he’s played in since turning 30 back on November 9th, he’s turned in one “decent” performance when he had 20 yards and a touchdown for a total of eight fantasy points back in Week 12. In the other four games, Daniels has averaged just 4.1 fantasy points, which is only good enough to just barely crack the top-25 tight ends during that time period. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed a decent amount of fantasy points to the tight end position this season, including an average of a touchdown in every other game, so Owen could be a nice risk to take this weekend. However, the yet word in that last sentence is “risk”, as he’s hardly been consistent during the second half of the season.

Brent Celek - Pyro Character

9.       Brent Celek (vs. Was) You probably think I’ve gone off the deep end for listing Brent Celek as a top ten candidate this week, but I have my reasons. Current mental issues aside, if you don’t have one of the top tight ends in the league to choose from at this point, then you’re obviously taking a chance on whoever you end up starting this week anyway because NOBODY down in this range has been consistent enough to call a sure thing. Obviously Celek has been a major disappointment to those who drafted him, but he’s still in the top-12 in targets, receptions and yards this season, so he hasn’t been a complete dud. One of the things he has going for him this week is that in his last three games against the Redskins, Brent has averaged five catches for 57 yards while catching a touchdown in two of them, so he at least knows what to do against them. Another plus for Celek is that Washington has allowed tight ends to put up the most yards and receptions against them this season, along with the second most fantasy points as well. My final rationale is that Brent happens to be a much better fantasy player at home, so if you’re an owner who has been down on Celek the entire season yet have no one else you can trust, this might be the week he pulls through for you.

Jermichael Finley - Pyro Character

10.   Jermichael Finley (vs. Ten) – I had a real tough time figuring out which tight end deserved the final spot in my top ten this week, but I’m happy with my final decision to give it to Jermichael Finley and I’ll tell you why. When you get to this point in the tight end rankings, there aren’t a lot of guys that look to have a chance at busting out with some top tier numbers. Whether their quarterback sucks or they’re playing a great defense or they have a bad history against their opponent, there are always more than enough reasons to be scared of starting a guy—especially during your championship game. Finley, though mostly a disaster this year, has actually been pretty decent lately putting up over 50 yards in four of his last five games. However, that’s only a minor reason as to why I have him ranked in this spot. The biggest reason is this:  When looking at all the tight ends I had to choose from here, only one of them was on a high-scoring team with a dominant quarterback going up against an opponent with a bottom-five defense that allows a ton of fantasy points to the tight end position. Once I was able to put all of this together, Jermichael Finley was an easy call.

Tight Ends 11-32


11.   Kyle Rudolph (at Hou)

12.   Dallas Clark (vs. StL)

13.   Tony Scheffler (vs. Atl, Saturday night)

14.   Antonio Gates (at NYJ)

15.   Brandon Myers (at Car)

16.   Jermaine Gresham (at Pit)

17.   Ben Watson (at Den)

18.   Martellus Bennett (at Bal)

19.   Scott Chandler (at Mia)

20.   Lance Kendricks (at TB)

21.   Anthony Fasano (vs. Buf)

22.   Marcedes Lewis (vs. NE)

23.   Jeff Cumberland (vs. SD)

24.   Vernon Davis (at Sea, Sunday night)

25.   Dwayne Allen (at KC)

26.   Jacob Tamme (vs. Cle)

27.   Joel Dreessen (vs. Cle)

28.   Coby Fleener (at KC)

29.   Rob Housler (vs. Chi)

30.   Logan Paulsen (at Phi)

31.   Garrett Graham (vs. Min)

32.   Craig Stevens (at GB)




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