Week 15
December 16, 2017


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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

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman

Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.

12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com

Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake

Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.

12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle

Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.

12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up

Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.

12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 17 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 17 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/25/12

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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Friday, Dec. 28 - 5:28PM CT)


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1.           Adrian Peterson (vs. GB) - Peterson is 102 yards away from 2,000 and 207 yards away from breaking Eric Dickerson's all-time record.  Before last week Peterson had 8 stright 100-yard rushing games with 2 of them going for over 200 yards.  The last time Peterson played the Packers he torched them for 210 yards and a TD.  Peterson will be running hard and the Packers do not have a good run defense. 


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2.           Marshawn Lynch (vs. StL) - Lynch has been in BEAST MODE down the stretch of the season.  He has 3 stright 100-yard rushing games and 6 TD in his last 4 games, including 111 yards and a TD last week against the tough 49ers defense.  Lynch should run all over the Rams and the Seahawks need this win for a shot at the Division with a 49ers loss. 


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3.           Arian Foster (at Ind) - Foster has been disappointing as of late with only one 100-yard rushing game in his last 4, but that came against the Colts 2 weeks ago, where he ran for 165 yards.  Foster has been held out of the endzone the last 2 weeks and will look to get on track and make a statement against the upstart Colts.


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4.           C.J. Spiller (vs. NYJ) - Spiller has been fantastic all season long with an impressive 6.5 yards per carry average.  With Fred Jackson out Spiller has had back to back 100-yard games.  The Jets defense has been almost as bad as the Jets offense as of late and Spiller should see close to 20 carries, which should include a big run.

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5.           Alfred Morris (vs. Dal, Sunday night) - The rookie has been dominant down the stretch with three 100-yard games in his last 5 and a low rushing total of 87 yards.  On top of that, with RG III hobbled, Morris has been finding the endzone with regularity and has 5 rushing TD in his last 5 games.  This game is the highlight game and last regular season game of the year and the rookie is going to be active.  Morris has at least 20 carries in his last 6 games. 


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6.           Doug Martin (at Atl) - Martin has really slowed down over the last 5 weeks and only has one 100-yard game in that span. There is no post season for Martin so this is his final curtain call.  The Falcons have nothing to play for, with homefield advantage locked up through the Playoffs.  The Falcons are not the best run defense to beging with, and if they start pulling starters then Martin could have a field day. 

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7.           LeSean McCoy (at NYG) - McCoy made his return last week, and it was not great with only 45 yards.  This week he draws the Giants and the last time he faced them he ran for 123 yards and added 17 yards receiving.  McCoy is going to want to make a statement and end all the talk of Bryce Brown taking over, so with that incentive and his fresh legs, this is his best chance to make up for a horrible Fantasy season.


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8.           DeMarco Murray (at Was, Sunday night) - Murray has not had a breakout game since his return in week 13 and only rushed for 40 yards last week. In the previous 3 weeks Murray had a TD in each game.  This game is for all the marbles and for the Cowboys to win they need to be able to run the football and control some clock.  This is Murray's best chance since his return.


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9.           Chris Johnson (vs. Jax) - Johnson has been disappointng down the stretch with only one 100-yard game in his last 5.  The best thing he has going for him, before an offseason of rest, is the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Johnson should be able to have a big run in this game, but he is no certainty for a TD with only 1 in his last 5 games. 


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10.       Frank Gore (vs. Ari) - Gore has been kept fresh this season with 40 less carries than last season and he only had 6 carries last week.  The 49ers need a win to lock up their Division and should lean on Gore to take the pressure off of Colin Kaepernick. Gore should see over 20 carries in this game. 

11.       Ray Rice (at Cin)

12.       Knowshon Moreno (vs. KC)

13.       Matt Forte (at Det)

14.       Shonn Greene (at Buf)

15.       Stevan Ridley (vs. Mia)

16.       Jamaal Charles (at Den)

17.       Darren Sproles (vs. Car)

18.       Montell Owens (at Ten)

19.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Phi)

20.       Vick Ballard (vs. Hou)

21.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Bal) 

22.       Steven Jackson (at Sea)

23.       Reggie Bush (at NE)

24.       Darren McFadden (at SD)

25.       Mark Ingram (vs. Car)

26.       Rashard Mendenhall (vs. Cle)

27.       Mikel Leshoure (vs. Chi)

28.       Bilal Powell (at Buf)

29.       Jackie Battle (vs. Oak)

30.       DeAngelo Williams (at NO)

31.       Montario Hardesty (at Pit)

32.       Danny Woodhead (vs. Mia)

33.       Ryan Grant (at Min)

34.       Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. TB)

35.       Beanie Wells (at SF)

36.       Joique Bell (vs. Chi)

37.       Michael Turner (vs. TB)


38.       Mike Tolbert (at NO)

39.       Alex Green (at Min)

40.       Jonathan Dwyer (vs. Cle)

41.       Bernard Pierce (at Cin)

42.       Robert Turbin (vs. StL)

43.       Ronnie Brown (vs. Oak)

44.       Chris Ivory (vs. Car)

45.       David Wilson (vs. Phi)

46.       LaMichael James (vs. Ari)

47.       Cedric Peerman (vs. Bal)

48.       Ben Tate (at Ind)

49.       Lamar Miller (at NE)

50.       Ronnie Hillman (vs. KC)



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