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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

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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