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 - QB Player Rankings

Week 2 - QB Player Rankings

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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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