Week 15
December 16, 2017


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Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade

Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.

12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com

Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business

The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.

12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo

Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.

12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.

12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com

Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.

12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It

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

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

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

Source: twitter.com

Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action

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

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

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

Source: twitter.com

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's

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

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

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

Source: twitter.com

Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!

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

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

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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear

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

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

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

Source: twitter.com

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat

Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.

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

Source: twitter.com

Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS

Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.

12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square

Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.

12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol

Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.

12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.

12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return

Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.

12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap

Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.

12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week

Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.

12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere

Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.

12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time

Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.

12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Tight Ends

Week 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Tight Ends

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/19/12

by   The Archer


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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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