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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

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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