March 21, 2018


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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


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


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


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


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


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


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
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
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


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


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


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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