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Nick Foles

Kansas City Chiefs

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 Oakland 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


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors


Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.


12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family


According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.


12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity


Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.


12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet


To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.


12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder


Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.


12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 2 - TE Player Rankings

Week 2 - TE Player Rankings

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Tight Ends

 

 

1.       Antonio Gates (@ NE) – No explanation necessary.  Do you really need me to tell you that Anthony Fasano went off for 82 yards on five catches last week against the Patriots, and that Fasano has never had more than 530 yards or 40 catches in his career?  Didn’t think so.  Gates is a no-brainer until his foot acts up on him again.  Period.

 

2.       Jermichael Finley (@ Car) – If you watch a Packers game close enough, you’ll notice that Finley is actually a wide receiver out there on the field running around in a tight end’s body.  He’s that athletically gifted.  Against a Carolina defense that was sixth worst in the league in allowing tight end fantasy points last season and gave up 101 yards and a TD to the Cardinals tight ends last week, it’s easy to see how Jermichael could actually put up WR1-type numbers this weekend.

 

3.       Owen Daniels (@ Mia) – I’m actually in a league right now where someone completely dropped Owen Daniels off their squad.  Do NOT be that guy, especially after a week where the Texans clearly didn’t need him to beat the hapless Colts.  Daniels is a great tight end with tremendous upside in a Texans offense that looks like it could be one of best in the league.  Miami wasn’t that hot defending tight ends in 2010 and looks even worse this season after Hernandez and Gronkowski carved them up for 189 yards and two TDs in Week One.  Start him at all costs.

 

4.       Vernon Davis (vs Dal) – This new 49ers offensive scheme may take a little bit to get going but once it does, it will be one of the more TE-friendly offenses in the league.  Dallas could barely contain a semi-good tight end in Dustin Keller last week, so Vernon might be able to live up to his billing sooner than later in Week Two.

 

5.       Aaron Hernandez (vs SD) – It’s tough to deny the effectiveness of these New England tight ends, but it might be even tougher to figure out which one of them will have a better fantasy day from week to week.  Despite their shutout of the Vikings tight ends last Sunday, if the Chargers have a weak spot on defense, it’s against the tight end.  That being the case, which one will get the fantasy love against them this weekend, Hernandez or Gronkowski?  I had to go back to last season to see if there were any trends that would tell me the answer.  What I found is that the smaller tight ends usually had the best fantasy weeks, but it was likely because the bigger tight ends would be held in to protect their QB.  Such was the case in the game between the Patriots and Chargers last year when Hernandez had eight targets, five catches and 54 yards compared to Gronk’s two targets, two catches and 10 yards.  Gronk, however, caught a 1-yard TD, but that can happen against anyone.  Basically, I think Aaron is your guy this week over Gronk, but either one is always a good play in this offense.

 

6.       Jimmy Graham (vs Chi) – Jimmy Graham, welcome to stardom buddy!  Chicago actually plays tight ends pretty well, especially in the red zone, but there are still plenty of receptions to be had.  Last week Tony Gonzalez had five catches on seven targets for 72 yards, numbers I think Graham could surpass in the game this weekend.  He might not get in the endzone as the Bears are pretty tightfisted in that area (gave up only three to TEs last season), but he’ll definitely get you some fantasy points in one way or another.

 

7.       Fred Davis (vs Ari) – Anyone who watched Freddy play last weekend against the Giants could see how good this guy is and believe me, it wasn’t a fluke.  Due to both age and injuries, Chris Cooley is on the downside of his career… and the Redskins know it.  They didn’t draft the 6’4”, 257-pound Davis in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft for nothing.  This week he plays against an Arizona team who not only was terrible at guarding tight ends last year, but who also gave up seven catches for 129 yards to Carolina TEs last weekend.  This Sunday could be Freddy’s coming out party, folks.

 

8.       Brandon Pettigrew (vs KC) – Tony Scheffler may have stolen the fantasy glory last weekend using his lone catch to snag an 11-yard TD, but Pettigrew is still the goods on this Lions team.  He may have had an average line of four catches on six targets for 57 yards in Week One, but there are better days to come for this beast of a tight end, starting with this weekend.  The Chiefs gave up two TDs to a complete nobody TE (Scott Chandler) last Sundayand that was with their stud safety, Eric Berry, still in the lineup.  Berry, however, is now out for the year and I fully expect Stafford to take advantage using Pettigrew over the middle of the field.

 

9.       Rob Gronkowski (vs SD) – (This is simply a repeat of Aaron Hernandez's write-up as it explain the overall New England TE situation)  It’s tough to deny the effectiveness of these New England tight ends, but it might be even tougher to figure out which one of them will have a better fantasy day from week to week.  Despite their shutout of the Vikings tight ends last Sunday, if the Chargers have a weak spot on defense, it’s against the tight end.  That being the case, which one will get the fantasy love against them this weekend, Hernandez or Gronkowski?  I had to go back to last season to see if there were any trends that would tell me the answer.  What I found is that the smaller tight ends usually had the best fantasy weeks, but it was likely because the bigger tight ends would be held in to protect their QB.  Such was the case in the game between the Patriots and Chargers last year when Hernandez had eight targets, five catches and 54 yards compared to Gronk’s two targets, two catches and 10 yards.  Gronk, however, caught a 1-yard TD, but that can happen against anyone.  Basically, I think Aaron is your guy this week over Gronk, but either one is always a good play in this offense.

 

10.   Jason Witten (@ SF) – Strange seeing Witten all the way down here in the 10-slot?  Yes it is, but there’s also good reason for it.  First off, the 49ers were tops in the league last year holding opposing tight ends to the least amount of fantasy points over the season.  Second, San Fran can get after the QB and will be looking to do so again this Sunday, so Witten will likely be asked to do a little more blocking than normal.  That’s not to say he won’t get his due out there, because he will, but even the best players don’t always have the best days.

 

11.   Dallas Clark (vs Cle) – My basic reason for having Clark ranked this low is my lack of faith in Kerry Collins.  He obviously hasn’t learned how to run this offense yet and quite frankly, I don’t think he ever will.  Dallas is far too talented to start putting him down in the 20-25 range, but until I see a good game out of him and/or Collins, he simply doesn’t have the same value as he did in the past.

 

12.   Dustin Keller (vs Jax) – Keller has a ton of potential, but it doesn’t always show out on the field.  I like the way the Jets targeted him eight times last Sunday night, but how often is he going to receive that sort of attention and turn it into five catches for 61 yards and a TD?  So far in his career, it’s been a rarity, but I think that could change in 2011.  With Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery gone, Sanchez may look to Keller a bit more than he has in the past.  Against a Jags team that gave up the third most fantasy points to tight ends last year, Keller should have a chance to show his stuff once again.

 

13.   Greg Olsen (vs GB) – Olsen began his new career in Carolina nicely turning in four catches on six targets for 78 yards.  As a receiving tight end, he’s one of the best in the league and it looks like Cam Newton figured that out pretty quickly.  Despite his incredible Week One performance, I’m expecting a TON more check-downs out of Newton going forward with a bunch of those targets headed Olsen’s way.  My guess is Green Bay keeps him out of the endzone, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have a nice fantasy day regardless.

 

14.   Lance Kendricks (@ NYG) – For being the fantasy darling of the 2011 preseason, Kendricks regular season debut was plain awful.  Five targets, one catch and two drops for 18 yards is NOT the way to start a career, but it could have been worse.  He could have been amongst the slew of Rams players who went down to injury in Week One but instead, he’ll be one of the guys they’ll depend on to pick up the slack against the Giants this Monday night.  I expect a much better second game out of Lance this week.

 

15.   Kellen Winslow Jr. (@ Min) – Looks like it’s going to be the same old story for Winslow this season.  Sure, his Week One production of six receptions on eight targets for 66 yards is nice (even better in a PPR league), but as usual, Kellen can’t seem to find the endzone.  Minnesota gave up 11 receptions to Chargers tight ends last weekend, but they should be commended for holding Gates without a TD.  If Gates can’t score against them, Winslow won’t either.  Expect the norm from Junior again this Sunday.

 

 

 

Rounding out the Top-25...

 

16.   Jermaine Gresham (@ Den)

 

17.   Ed Dickson (@ Ten)

 

18.   Todd Heap (@ Was)

 

19.   Evan Moore (@ Ind)

 

20.   Tony Gonzalez (vs Phi)

 

21.   Ben Watson (@ Ind)

 

22.   Anthony Fasano (vs Hou)

 

23.   Scott Chandler (vs Oak)

 

24.   Chris Cooley (vs Ari)

 

25.   Jared Cook (vs Bal)


 

 

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