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January 18, 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 2 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Week 2 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

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Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 2


 

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Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Saturday, Sept. 15 - 12:44PM CT)

 

 

 

1.           Matt Ryan (vs. Den - Monday Night) – One of the things I was super-excited to see last weekend was the Falcons new wide-open, up-tempo, no-huddle attack…and Matt Ryan showed me why. I can’t say he’ll repeat that four TD effort from Sunday (3 passing, 1 rushing) this coming Monday night as the Broncos pass D is far better than what the Chiefs tossed out there sans Brandon Flowers, but they won’t be good enough to stop Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. Ryan also loved playing at home last season tossing up over two TDs per game with a nice 8.1 yards-per-attempt.


2.           Tom Brady (vs. Ari) – Brady’s final numbers didn’t look like much last weekend with just 236 yards and two TDs, but the Patriots didn’t really need him to do more as they had the game pretty well in hand up 21-3 by halftime. I suspect the same might happen this weekend against the Cardinals, but I also expect Bill Belichick to open up the offense a little more as well so look for Brady to settle into the season with his first 300-yard game and three TDs.


3.           Andrew Luck (vs. Min) – Luck showed against the Bears that he’ll be a fantasy force to be reckoned with this season and should outperform his Week 1 numbers (309 yards, 1 TD) against Minnesota this weekend. No offense to Blaine Gabbert as he’s certainly improved this season, but if the Vikings can give up 260 yards, two TDs and no INTs to him while at home, then it’s very possible we see Luck go up over 300 yards once against and likely stack it up with 2-3 TDs as well. The Vikes DID give up the most passing TDs last season and with Austin Collie back in the lineup, I really like Luck’s potential this week.


4.           Drew Brees (@ Car) – Brees tends to do better at home than on the road, though I don’t think it will make much difference against the Panthers this weekend. Despite their loss to the Buccaneers in Week 1, Carolina is a pretty darn good team that gave Brees and the Saints a nice scare when they played in Carolina last season. That being said, I don’t think it will matter much if the game is close or a blow-out as New Orleans will give Brees every opportunity to keep his team from two straight losses to start the year.


5.           Peyton Manning (@ Atl - Monday Night) – When one of the best of all-time tries to come back from a possible career-ending injury, there are usually more questions than answers. Is he really healthy? Will he ever regain the arm-strength he once had? Is it even possible at 36-years-old? Well it looks like those questions were pretty well answered last Sunday night as Manning tossed up 253 yards and two TDs against the Steelers top-rated pass defense of 2011. His move to Denver and playing with new receivers didn’t make much of a difference but on Monday night, Manning will have to prove his worth yet again if the Donkeys want to keep up with this new Falcons offense…and I believe he will. Remember, this is Peyton Manning we’re talking about here. The same guy who finished outside the Top-5 fantasy QBs in a season just once since 2000 (sixth in 2008).


6.           Eli Manning (vs. TB) – Week 1 wasn’t quite the showing fantasy owners were looking for, but they can look forward to Eli improving his numbers against the Bucs this Sunday. Tampa did well to shut down Cam Newton and Co. last Sunday, but they won’t have the advantage of having faced Eli and his group of receivers twice last season like they did with the Panthers. I’m expecting a real nice fantasy line for the Giants QB as there’s no way he lets his team start out 0-2 at home.


7.           Cam Newton (vs. NO) – How Tampa Bay kept Newton from going absolutely nuts on them last weekend is beyond me, though he did end up with 303 yards and a TD. New Orleans won’t be able to contain Cam this weekend, though, as they just let rookie QB Robert Griffin III throw for 320 yards and two TDs along with another 42 yards rushing on them. Newton may not have fared so well against the Saints last season, but there’s nothing like a little bit of home cookin’ to make things right. 


8.           Jake Locker (@ SD) – It was a bummer to see Locker go down with that injury while trying to tackle his interceptor last weekend as he was well on his way to a 300-yard game before leaving early in the fourth quarter, but the word is that Locker is just fine and will start next weekend against a banged up San Diego pass D that gives up a lot of fantasy points to opposing QBs. With Kenny Britt back in the lineup, I’m really excited to see how Locker moves this offense as his weaponry is simply off the charts. I’ve been on his wagon for about a year now, so I’m expecting he’ll do well to prove my allegiance worthy this weekend.


9.           Tony Romo (@ Sea) – The Tony Romo we have come to expect (in the early part of the season) showed his stuff in the NFL kickoff game last Wednesday against the Giants, but that New York secondary can’t hold a candle to what the Seahawks have going on in Seattle. Still, I think the Cowboys will have to throw the ball to win this one due to the ‘Hawks strong rush defense, so look for Romo to put up a good 35-40 passes in this one. Last year Romo threw for 279 yards and two TDs against this team in Week 9, numbers he should be able to reproduce en route to a borderline QB1 fantasy day.


10.       Matthew Stafford (@ SF - Sunday Night) – I wouldn’t call Stafford’s three interceptions against the Rams last weekend “fluky” as he’s been prone to rough accuracy days like that in the past, but the ONE TD certainly WAS a fluke that won’t likely happen again. I know, we all saw what San Fran did to the Packers and Aaron Rodgers last week, but awesome defense or not, Stafford didn’t have a single game on the road last season where he either threw for less than 325 yards or fewer than two TDs, so look for the Lions QB to bounce back against a team he should probably throw 50+ passes against.


11.       Matt Schaub (@ Jax) – Schaub showed he is ready for a comeback this season after a solid, if not outstanding Week 1 performance with 266 yards and a TD.  Schaub should be in store for another solid week as he faces a Jaguars defense that allowed Christian Ponder to complete 20 of 27 passes for 270 yards. Schaub should be able to do better.


12.       Philip Rivers (vs. Ten) – Philip Rivers did not have a great game by his standards last Monday night, but he did lead his team to a victory and was able to finish the game without an interception, which was good to see. He was accurate, but also had problems in the red-zone without his two starting RBs from a year ago (Mathews and Tolbert). The hopeful return of Ryan Mathews will give the Chargers the dimension they were missing against the Raiders and should open up the passing game for Rivers and his receivers. Though the Titans held Tom Brady to just 236 yards in Week 1, Rivers should still be able to improve on his own initial performance.


13.       Ben Roethlisberger (vs. NYJ) – Normally a game against the Jets wouldn’t be a preferred start for your QB, but with Darrelle Revis already declared Out for the game with a concussion, this could be a nice showing for Big Ben. Antonio Brown should have a field day against New York’s backup CBs (Kyle Wilson and Ellis Lankster) and might even see a couple of plays against RB Joe McKnight, if you can believe it. Don’t be afraid to give Roethlisberger a whirl if your other options look a little hairy.


14.       Joe Flacco (@ Phi) – Flacco had a very impressive first game of the season throwing for 299 yards and two TDs under the big lights of Monday Night Football. Joe seemed very comfortable in the Ravens new no-huddle offense and will look to continue that trend against a tough Eagles D that gave Brandon Weeden quite a rude welcoming to the NFL last weekend. He’ll certainly have his hands full in this tough, road matchup and I’m thinking that in the end, this game will go a long way towards showing just how much Flacco has improved.


15.       Robert Griffin III (@ StL) – The kid has everything you could possibly want out of franchise QB and showed pretty much ALL of it in a Week 1 win against the Saints IN NEW ORLEANS. His arm, his awareness, his running ability and his leadership were all A+ and there’s no reason to think it doesn’t continue against the Rams this weekend. Granted, this St. Louis defense isn’t the same D that allowed offenses to do whatever they wanted on them last season, but Griff isn’t a normal talent either. Assuming Pierre Garcon makes it back for this game, bet on the rookie proving his worth yet again.



Quarterbacks 16-25


16.       Carson Palmer (@ Mia)


17.       Andy Dalton (vs. Cle)


18.       Michael Vick (vs. Bal)


19.       Matt Cassel (@ Buf)


20.       Josh Freeman (@ NYG)


21.       Christian Ponder (@ Ind)


22.       Alex Smith (vs. Det - Sunday Night)


23.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. KC)


24.       Kevin Kolb (@ NE)


25.       Ryan Tannehill (vs. Oak)

 

 

 

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