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December 16, 2017
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Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade


Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.


12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com


Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business


The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.


12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo


Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.


12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload


Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.


12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com


Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention


Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.


12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


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

Week 2 - QB Player Rankings

Week 2 - QB Player Rankings

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QB Player Rankings – Week 2

 

 

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Quarterbacks

 

 

1.           Michael Vick (@ Atl) – A decade after being taken with the first pick of the draft, Michael Vick is finally going home.  No, not the big house, but the house he grew up in; the Georgia Dome.  Actually, he was there once already back in 2009, but it was in limited fashion playing behind Donovan McNabb in an Eagles 34-7 victorythis time Vick will get to work his magic from the first whistle on.  As it was last week in St. Louis, it’s almost unfair for a guy with Vick’s skills to be allowed to play in such a stadium.  Against a Falcons defense that just lost their best DT in Jonathan Babineaux after giving up 312 yards and two TDs to Jay Cutler, look for Vick to go a little nutty in his Atlanta reunion.

 

2.           Aaron Rodgers (@ Car) – Simply put, Aaron Rodgers and that Packers offense is unstoppable.  The season opener on Thursday night last week against New Orleans was an instant classic, though something tells me Rodgers has more to show.  With Carolina letting up 309 yards and two TDs to Arizona’s new QB, Kevin Kolb, you can bet one of the best gunslingers in the game will have himself another ass-whooping day.

 

3.           Philip Rivers (@ NE) – Vincent Jackson was somehow kept in check last weekend against the Vikings, but that won’t happen again.  Considering he and Brandon Marshall have pretty much the same body type and that New England couldn’t cover Marshall for squat, I’d expect the same out of V-Jax on Sunday.  San Diego has an awesome pass D, but with as good as Tom Brady is, this could turn into a shootout.  If so, Rivers is gonna explode.  I’m not sure much else needed to be said other than that Chad Henne threw for 416 yards against them, but there you go. 

 

4.           Matthew Stafford (vs KC) – Stafford is the next big thing; period.  Well, that is, if he stays healthy.  That said, Kansas City let weak-armed Ryan Fitzpatrick throw all over them in Week One, so why should it be any different for one of the strongest arms in the game in Week Two?  It shouldn’t, and it won’t be.  Add in the fact that All Pro DB Eric Berry just went down for the season and you’re probably looking at another 300-yard, multi-TD game for the young Lions QB.

 

5.           Tony Romo (@ SF) – Fourth quarter of Week One aside, I still believe Tony Romo will have his finest year in 2011.  San Francisco has a super-tough rush D, but their pass defense leaves a little something to be desired.  I mean, if the possibly the worst starting QB in the NFL (Tarvaris Jackson) can throw for 197 yards and two touchdowns against you without his best receiver (Sidney Rice), what makes you think you can stop a top-ten QB, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten?  You can’t is the answer.

 

6.           Tom Brady (vs SD) – Now you might think I’m crazy for ranking Brady all the way down here at No. 6 after the show he just put on Monday night, but let me explain.  First, Monday night was a once-in-a-lifetime type of gamesomething we might not see again for quite awhile.  Second, the Chargers pass D is really nasty.  They ranked first in the league in 2010 and then came out and just obliterated the Vikings passing game last weekend by holding Donovan McNabb to a mere 39 yards through the air.  Brady is one of the best, and the Patriots could come out the victors in this one, but don’t expect a fantasy onslaught from the Stetson Man.

 

7.           Ben Roethlisberger (vs Sea) – The Pittsburgh Steelers and specifically Ben Roethlisberger have seen enough of the Baltimore Ravens for quite awhile, don’t you think?  Luckily, the Seattle Seahawks come to town to turn their season around, so don’t get too down on the big guy just yet.  This Pittsburgh offense is as athletic as it gets and I expect every last one of them to have themselves a nice fantasy day… which of course means Big Ben is up for some tasty fantasy numbers.

 

8.           Drew Brees (vs Chi) – It’s tough to put a guy with Drew Brees’ pedigree this low in the rankings, especially since he went off for 419 yards and three TDs last weekend, but I am.  I know it’s been proposed that you can basically plug any wide receiver into the Saints system and the offense will be just fine, but Marques Colston being out and Lance Moore still a bit hobbled can’t be a good thing.  The Bears pass D is pretty stingy and showed they can hold down a good QB and high-octane offense over four quarters last weekend against Atlanta.  Of course, Brees is home in the dome where he’s averaged 2.5 touchdowns and 311 yards per game over the last three seasons, so…

 

9.           Joe Flacco (@ Ten) – Flacco IS what the Ravens thought he would be; a golden-armed stud.  Against one of the toughest defenses in the league last week, Flacco had already carved up the Steelers secondary for 180 yards and three touchdowns by the time half the fans were back in their seats from halftime.  Joey and the Ravens would cruise to a victory after opening up a 29-7 lead, but you had the feeling Flacco could have done it to them all day.  Next up is Tennessee, and if the Titans couldn’t hold Luke McCown to worse than a 91.5 QB Rating last week, how do you think this one will end up?

 

10.       Rex Grossman (vs Ari) – Grossman’s a funny guy.  You never know whether to expect one of the worst games you’ve ever seen, or one of the better ones of the season.  He pretty much does the opposite of whatever you expect and then once you think you’ve got him pegged, he pulls a 180 on you and loses your ass again.  One of these days we’ll get him, and it could very well be this week against an Arizona defense that just gave up a rookie QB record to Cam Newton by allowing him to pass for 422 yards through the air.  Would it shock you if I told you Rex has actually done better than that?  Well he has… back in 2001 playing for Florida against LSU.

 

11.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs Oak) – Is this guy the real deal or what?  Drafted in the seventh round out of Harvard back in 2005, Ryan hadn’t amounted to much until last season when he racked up 3,000 yards and 23 TDs in just 13 games.  Huh?  Then this year he puts up a TD four-spot on the Chiefs with 208 yards and zero INTs.  He’s kind of an up-and-down type of fantasy player, but he should be able to do some damage against this Raiders D. 

 

12.       Matt Schaub (@ Mia) – Miami’s defense isn’t nearly as bad as the Patriots made them out to be last Monday night and in fact, they’re actually pretty darn good.  Whatever the case, Schaub and this high-octane Houston offense should still be able to put up some nice numbers on their own—just not Brady-nice.

 

13.       Chad Henne (vs Hou) – Maybe all Chad Henne needed to show he can play at this level was for the Dolphins to commit to not having a running game…  Reggie Bush is electric out of the backfield, which is great for Henne, but he still can’t run in between the tackle and never will.  Until Miami finds someone who can, this offense will be based on the pass, which alone will boost the fantasy stock of most any NFL quarterback (minus all Arizona QBs from 2010).  Last week won’t be repeated, but it won’t be for lack of trying.

 

14.       Mark Sanchez (vs Jax) – Sanchez tied a career-high against the Cowboys on Sunday night attempting 44 passes while completing a career second-best 26 of them.  His 335 yards were also one shy of his career mark, but I wouldn’t expect these numbers against the Jaguars this week.  He’ll get his share of fantasy points to be sure, like somewhere in the range of 225-250 yards and 1-2 TDs, but once the Jets are in control of this one (which could be pretty quick), they’ll use Greene and Tomlinson to run out the clock.

 

15.       Josh Freeman (@ Min) – Admittedly, I’m not very high on Freeman this year, but I still don’t think he deserves to be higher than No. 14 this week.  Coach Raheem Morris has already come out to say he plans on using RB LeGarrette Blount much more in the coming weeks and though it could just be a smokescreen, I don’t think it is.  In what is sure to be a rip-roaring, rockin hostile environment like the Metrodome on Sunday (it will be the Vikings first game back there since the roof collapse of 12/12/10), I’m not sure Freeman has the type of day fantasy break-out fans will be hoping for.

 

16.       Kevin Kolb (@ Was) – What I like the most about Kolb as a fantasy player this year is not his own personal ability as a QB, but rather the lack of ability shown on the Cardinals defensive side of the ball.  Giving up a rookie record 422 yards passing to Cam Newton last week was really kind of humorous to watch, and I have a feeling this comedy show of defensive ineptitude has a year-long encore to follow.  If that is the case, Arizona will be passing the ball quite a bit in the efforts to get back into games… which is of course nice for Kolb and the rest of his fantasy receivers.

 

17.       Kyle Orton (vs Cin) – For as hard as he was crushed by the fans at Mile High Stadium on Monday night, Orton did, in fact, throw for over 300 yards and a TD.  Granted, he looked absolutely abysmal at times missing some easy throws and losing a fumble that possibly cost the team a victory, but that doesn’t mean he won’t put up decent fantasy numbers each week.  With Knowshon Moreno banged up and Willis McGahee looking awful, Denver may have to turn to the passing game again this Sunday against a Cincinnati team that isn’t as bad as people thought.

 

18.       Jay Cutler (@ NO) – Atlanta’s defense didn’t look nearly as good as advertised, but was it because of their skill-level or because of Jay Cutler?  The answer is it was a little bit of both as Cutler proceeded to put his detractors at bay by completing 22 of 32 passes for 312 yards and two TDs.  If New Orleans puts up a quick score or two on the Bears, Martz might just break out the old greatest-show-on-turf playbook and possibly get Cutler a good 40 passes in the dome.

 

19.       Matt Ryan (vs Phi) – Ryan may not have gotten off to the start some predicted in Week One against the Bears, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be a bust either.  He’s still one of the most talented QBs in the game with some of the best skill-position players in the league surrounding him, so expect better things from him coming up… just not this week.  Philadelphia may have the best group of cornerbacks ever assembled in their secondary this season and can shut down any team’s passing game from week to week.  Don’t expect Matty Ice to un-freeze until Week Three.

 

20.       Sam Bradford (@ NYG) – It looks like Bradford will be okay enough to play this week against the Giants, and boy will the Rams need him.  Losing slot-receiver Danny Amendola for awhile was undoubtedly a huge blow for this up-and-coming team, but double that up with the loss of their workhorse, Steven Jackson (at least for this week), and you might say they are in just a little bit of trouble.  The Giants secondary is badly beaten up, however, so I can still see Sammy putting up some decent stats on Monday night.

 

 

 

Rounding out the Top-25...

 

21.       Matt Cassel (@ Det)

 

22.       Eli Manning (vs StL)

 

23.       Colt McCoy (@ Ind)

 

24.       Matt Hasselbeck (vs Bal)

 

25.       Donovan McNabb (vs TB)

 

 

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