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January 19, 2018
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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.


12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.


12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.


12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.


12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.


12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.


12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.


12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.


12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.


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

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.


12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Wide Receivers

Week 16 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Wide Receivers

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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 16

 


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Wide Receivers                 (Updated:  Sunday, Dec. 23 - 11:35AM CT)

 

Dez Bryant - Pyro Character

1.               Dez Bryant (vs. NO) – Dez Bryant may have a fractured finger, but he was still able to extend his touchdown streak to six games against the Steelers last weekend, so it obviously isn’t bothering him all that much. This week the Cowboys will be back playing at home against the New Orleans Saints in a game that has the looks of a classic shootout. Not only have the Saints given up the sixth most real points in the league, but they’ve also allowed the second most passing yards as well as the third most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Throughout his short career, Bryant has made it a habit of his to feast on poor pass defenses, so with seemingly every single factor working in his favor, I’m not sure you could ask for much more during your championship game than what Dez has going for him this weekend.


Calvin Johnson - Pyro Character

2.               Calvin Johnson (vs. Atl, Saturday night) – As far as wide receivers go, Calvin is obviously on one of the biggest tears in the NFL history going seven straight weeks with 100 or more yards while catching an average of 9.3 passes in each of those games. Knowing this, it was tough not to slot him as my top receiver for the week, but Atlanta can be pretty darn stingy against the pass as they’ve allowed the fewest touchdown passes in the league as well as the seventh fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. That being said, I have no doubt Stafford will be targeting him a good 15 times this Saturday night with the Lions likely to be playing from behind for most of the game. With that many passes thrown his way, there’s simply no chance Megatron puts up less than high-end WR1 numbers.  Final Statistics:  11 catches - 225 yards - 0 TDs


Brandon Marshall - Pyro Character

3.               Brandon Marshall (at Ari) – Last week against the Packers, in just the 14th game of the season, Brandon Marshall set career highs in receptions (107) and yards (1,398) while also tying his personal best for touchdowns (10) in a season. Not too shabby, Mr. Marshall. The crazy thing is that he’s been doing it while fighting off constant double-teams throughout the year. This week, however, he might see man-to-man coverage for most of the game because the Arizona Cardinals top cornerback, Patrick Peterson, somehow convinced his coaching staff that he can guard anyone in the league without help. He actually did pretty well against Calvin Johnson last Sunday holding him to 10 catches for 121 yards and no touchdowns, which could be close to what Marshall ends up with in this game. The one glaring difference here is that Marshall has caught twice as many TDs as Megatron this season, so Brandon could easily come up with one of those where Johnson couldn’t.


Andre Johnson - Pyro Character

4.               Andre Johnson (vs. Min) – After his 11-catch performance for 151 yards and a touchdown last weekend against the Colts, I have to say one more time that Andre Johnson has surprised me a bit this year. At 31 years old, I simply didn’t see him being able to perform at this high of a level anymore, but quite obviously, I was wrong. This Sunday, with a chance to sew up a first-round bye in the playoffs, I expect Houston to rely heavily on their two best players—Arian Foster and Andre Johnson—to get the job done. The Vikings will likely expect a heavy dose of Foster at first, so look for Johnson to grab a couple of big, early passes before the Texans set out to establish the run. Then, once they do, Andre should be able to steadily add to his numbers throughout the rest of the game on both play-action passes and quick third-down conversions. In the end, fantasy owners should be looking at top-tier WR1 numbers once again.


Julio Jones - Pyro Character

5.               Julio Jones (at Det, Saturday night) – Julio Jones’ averages on the road this season pretty much say it all. In seven games away from home, Jones has a monstrous weekly output of almost six catches for 97.1 yards and exactly one touchdown per game. He’s actually averaged over 101 yards and has 12 TDs in 14 career road games, so what he’s done this year isn’t just an anomaly. The Lions defense has been decimated by injuries all year long while the entire team has been spiraling downward for quite some time now. Their pass D has allowed the seventh most fantasy points to wide receivers over the last five weeks, but it could have been even worse had the Arizona Cardinals not been one of those five opponents. With the Falcons looking to clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, you can bet they’ll be stepping on the pedal all night long which could mean a massive amount of offense throughout the game.  Final Statistics:  7 catches - 71 yards - 1 TD


Steve Smith - Pyro Character

6.               Steve Smith (vs. Oak) – It took awhile for him to get going this year, but now that Cam Newton has re-established his dominance in the league, Steve Smith is back amongst the top ten fantasy receivers to watch for each week. This Sunday will be no different with Smitty and the Panthers playing at home against a bottom-tier Oakland Raiders defense. The Raiders have allowed at least one receiver to put up double-digit fantasy points against them in 12 of 14 games this season, so the chances of Stevie Fists coming up with high-end numbers in this one are pretty darn good. Smith has actually put up the fifth most fantasy points for wide receivers over the last three weeks, a trend I can easily see continuing into your fantasy championship game.


Randall Cobb - Pyro Character

7.               Randall Cobb (vs. Ten) – Randall Cobb put up his second straight game with 100 yards last weekend in a win against the Chicago Bears. In fact, the 115 yards he accumulated was the highest receiving game of his career thus far, though I expect him to break that mark sometime in the very near future. With Jordy Nelson very unlikely to return this week, Cobb should play the part of Aaron Rodgers’ go-to guy once again as the Packers continue to fight for a first-round playoff bye. The Titans defense has gotten progressively better throughout the season, but almost every single receiver whose talent is anywhere near Cobb’s has put up double-digit fantasy points against this pass D. To make you feel even stronger about Randall’s prospects this weekend, Percy Harvin scored 23.6 fantasy points in Tennessee’s matchup with Minnesota and in fact, the top three scoring games against the Titans this year all came from the NFC North (Harvin, Megatron and Marshall). Not a bad pattern for Cobb to follow, eh?

 

A.J. Green - Pyro Character

8.               A.J. Green (at Pit) – It wasn’t the greatest game of his young career, but A.J. Green was at least able to get back into the end zone against the Eagles last Thursday night after failing to do so the previous three weeks. It won’t be easy to keep his new streak alive, however, with the Bengals visiting Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers this weekend. In their last matchup back in Week 7, Green was held to a single catch for a measly eight yards, though that one reception DID happen to go for a touchdown. The big difference fantasy owners will find in their favor this time around is that the Steelers lockdown cornerback, Ike Taylor, won’t be around to shadow Green all over the field. With the Bengals fighting desperately for a playoff spot, Andy Dalton will likely target his 6’4” Pro Bowl wide receiver heavily, thus giving him a very good chance to both extend his TD streak and put up top ten fantasy numbers this Sunday.

 


Vincent Jackson - Pyro Character

9.               Vincent Jackson (vs. StL) – I’m sure fantasy owners would like to have seen a touchdown added to Vincent Jackson’s totals last Sunday—especially against a weak New Orleans Saints defense—but six catches for 81 yards isn’t too bad. The positive to focus on here was that V-Jax was once again targeted in the double-digits and will more than likely see the same type of attention from Josh Freeman this week. The St. Louis Rams have actually had one of the better pass defenses in the league this season, but because their secondary is one of the smallest in the league, they’ve had a bit of trouble with the taller receivers they’ve faced. Vincent Jackson, of course, is one of the tallest in the game at 6’5”, so there’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to put up top-tier fantasy numbers this championship weekend.

 

 

Wes Welker - Pyro Character

10.           Wes Welker (at Jax) Though Wes Welker only caught five balls for 56 yards in the Patriots loss to the 49ers last Sunday night, his final catch of the game gave him 100 receptions on the season for an NFL record fifth time in his career. Congratulations, Wes, though I’m sure his fantasy owners would have rather seen the record set with a little more fantasy flare. This week looks to be a more favorable matchup for the Slot Machine, though, as Welker has performed much better on the road this season than at home. Of his six double-digit fantasy games this year, five of them came on the road—as have three of his four touchdowns. The Patriots were obviously in need of a wake-up call last weekend and now that they’ve had it, I expect Tom Brady to come out firing with his team still in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye. With that in mind, I fully expect Wes Welker to be heavily involved in the game plan against a middling Jags pass defense.


 

Wide Receivers 11-80

 

11.           Roddy White (at Det, Saturday night) – Final Statistics:  8 catches - 153 yards - 2 TDs


12.           Demaryius Thomas (vs. Cle)


13.           Victor Cruz (at Bal)


14.           Cecil Shorts (vs. NE)


15.           Mike Wallace (vs. Cin)


16.           Danny Amendola (at TB)


17.           Pierre Garcon (at Phi)


18.           Eric Decker (vs. Cle)


19.           Miles Austin (vs. NO)


20.           T.Y. Hilton (at KC)


21.           Michael Crabtree (at Sea, Sunday night)


22.           Reggie Wayne (at KC)


23.           Hakeem Nicks (at Bal)


24.           Brandon Lloyd (at Jax)


25.           Torrey Smith (vs. NYG)


26.           Stevie Johnson (at Mia)


27.           Antonio Brown (vs. Cin)


28.           James Jones (vs. Ten)


29.           Marques Colston (at Dal)


30.           Anquan Boldin (vs. NYG)


31.           Lance Moore (at Dal) 


32.           Greg Jennings (vs. Ten)


33.           Jeremy Maclin (vs. Was) 


34.           Justin Blackmon (vs. NE)


35.           Mike Williams (vs. StL)


36.           Sidney Rice (vs. SF, Sunday night)


37.           Denarius Moore (at Car)


38.           Riley Cooper (vs. Was)


39.           Josh Gordon (at Den)


40.           Kenny Britt (at GB)


41.           Rod Streater (at Car)


42.           Brian Hartline (vs. Buf)


43.           Brandon Gibson (at TB)


44.           Santana Moss (at Phi)


45.           Danario Alexander (at NYJ)


46.           Alshon Jeffery (at Ari)


47.           Chris Givens (at TB)


48.           Golden Tate (vs. SF, Sunday night)


49.           Domenik Hixon (at Bal)


50.           Joseph Morgan (at Dal)


51.           Jason Avant (vs. Was)


52.           Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Chi)


53.           Nate Washington (at GB)


54.           Brandon LaFell (vs. Oak)


55.           Dwayne Harris (vs. NO)


56.           T.J. Graham (at Mia)


57.           Donnie Avery (at KC)


58.           Darrius Heyward-Bey (at Car)


59.           Louis Murphy (vs. Oak)


60.           Randy Moss (at Sea, Sunday night)


61.           Braylon Edwards (vs. SD)


62.           Jeremy Kerley (vs. SD)


63.           Greg Little (at Den)


64.           Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Cin)

 

65.           Andrew Hawkins (at Pit)


66.           Jacoby Jones (vs. NYG)


67.           Damian Williams (at GB)


68.           DeVier Posey (vs. Min)


69.           Dexter McCluster (vs. Ind)


70.           Brandon Stokley (vs. Cle)


71.           Tiquan Underwood (vs. StL)


72.           Josh Morgan (at Phi)


73.           Leonard Hankerson (at Phi)


74.           Austin Pettis (at TB)


75.           Marvin Jones (at Pit)


76.           Andre Roberts (vs. Chi)


77.           LaVon Brazill (at KC)


78.           Jonathan Baldwin (vs. Ind)


79.           Harry Douglas (at Det, Saturday night) – Final Statistics:  2 catches - 6 yards - 0 TDs


80.           Kris Durham (vs. Atl, Saturday night) – Final Statistics:  2 catches - 32 yards - 0 TDs

 

 

 

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