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 3 - QB Player Rankings

Week 3 - QB Player Rankings

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 09/20/11

by   The Archer


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1.           Tom Brady (@ Buf) – There has been one constant debate I’ve had with the guys I’ve been in a fantasy football league with for 10+ years, and that is – Who is better, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?  I have always been on the Manning side of the fence, backing up every single argument with stats and facts galore, but it seems I can no longer deny it; Tommy “The Stetson Man” Brady-Bundchen is a quarterbacking God.  There is nothing he can’t do on the field, no defense he can’t make cry, no receiver he can’t make fantasy-worthy and at this point, I simply cannot find a single reason to rank him lower than number one each week.  Until he and the Patriots throw up a weekend crapper (which they may never do), Brady will be glued to the fantasy throne.


2.           Matthew Stafford (@ Min) – I’ll say it again, basically because I have no idea why others didn’t see it as plainly as I did, but Matthew Stafford is the next big-time NFL QB.  His seven passing TDs are tied for the league lead at this point and it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down any time soon.  Minnesota gave up 335 yards passing to Philip Rivers in Week One and then allowed another 243 yards from Josh Freeman in Week Two despite a seven minute advantage in time of possession.  Matty feels at home in a dome, so count on another big fantasy weekend from the Lions QB.


3.           Philip Rivers (vs KC) – In his last six games against the Chiefs, Rivers has averaged just over 295 yards a game and has 13 TDs compared to just four INTs.  Obviously the kid loves this inter-division rivalry.  Besides that, the Chiefs lost their best defensive/secondary player for the year in safety Eric Berry and have allowed eight passing touchdowns in just two games thus far (two more than any other team in the NFL).


4.           Drew Brees (vs Hou) – If there’s one thing Drew Brees’ fantasy owners love, it’s an old-fashioned shoot-out at the Georgia Dome.  Before last week when he put up 270 yards and three TDs in a win at home against the Bears, Brees had averaged 2.5 TDs and 311 passing yards a game at home over the last three years.  If Tom Brady and Chad Henne can throw for a combined 933 yards and six TDs in a game, I’m thinking Brees and Schaub might be able to come close.


5.           Michael Vick (vs NYG) – Concussion schmussion, gimme an English muffin.  Vick is just fine, folks, and he’ll have no problem getting on the field this weekend for an inter-division rivalry game against the Giants.  New York actually held him to an average of 250 yards and 1.5 passing TDs per game last season, but Vick also ran for 82 yards and a touchdown per game against them as well.  With the Giants defense still crippled and D-Lineman Osi Umenyiora not due back until Week Four, I expect Vick to make a little mincemeat out of these guys come Sunday.


6.           Aaron Rodgers (@ Chi) – To be honest, Rodgers hasn’t fared so well against the Bears during the past three years.  In the six games they’ve hooked up in that time, Aaron “It Out” averaged just 233 yards passing per game and threw just seven TDs while tossing up four INTs.  However, the past is the past; things change; tomorrow is another day, etc. etc. etc.  Rodgers is a different and much better QB than he was, especially now that he has a Super Bowl ring on his finger, so the pressure of this game really shouldn’t get to him.


7.           Matt Schaub (@ NO) – Compared to the rest of the quarterbacks in the league, Schaub has been pretty unspectacular to this point.  However, he’s done what the team needed him to do in order to get wins, which against the 0-2 Colts and 0-2 Dolphins, wasn’t much.  He does have three TDs to go along with his 71.7% completion percentage so far, and I believe that TD total could actually double this weekend.  Houston will have to pass the ball in order to keep up with New Orleans’ high-scoring offense while the Saints defense can certainly be beat by a good QB, as shown by Aaron Rodgers in Week One.  This is the week Schaub gives his fantasy owners what they paid for.


8.           Ben Roethlisberger (@ Ind) – Fantasy owners expecting QB1-type numbers from Roethlisberger this year are probably pretty disappointed thus far, but no worries; it’s about time Big Ben turned it around.  Rashard Mendenhall might be able to run all over the place this Sunday, but Pittsburgh will have to unleash that talented WR corps at some point, so why not do it indoors on the Indy turf?  With one of the top-three fastest set of receivers in the league in Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger should be able to have a field day picking apart the Colts secondary.


9.           Tony Romo (vs Was) – Yes, Romo has a fractured rib.  Yes, Miles Austin is highly doubtful to play this weekend.  Yes, Dez Bryant may not be at 100 percent.  But NO, none of this will matter to Tony Romo and the Cowboys this Sunday.  Washington is 2-0 and has an early division lead going into this weekend so I expect Dallas to do everything it can to get a win… which to the Cowboys means pass, pass and more pass.  Since Romo became their starting QB, the Cowboys have averaged 34.25 points a game in home openers.  Just food for thought.


10.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs NE) – The thing about the Patriots is they don’t just put up a ton of points while gaining a zillion yards; they also give up a bunch of points and yards in the process.  Fitzpatrick has shown the ability to rack up fantasy points with the best of them as he currently ranks second in the league behind Brady.  If the team can protect the ball and not turn it over, the Harvard alum has a good shot at tossing up 300 yards and a couple TDs… albeit in a loss for the Bills.


11.       Cam Newton (vs Jax) – Everybody knows the rookie QB records Cam Newton has demolished thus far in his two-game career, but did you know he has more completions for over 20 yards than anybody else in the league (16) and leads the NFL in yards per completion (9.46)?  Aren’t rookie QBs supposedly afraid to go deep when they first join the league?  Basically, Cam Newton has broken the mold and should continue to do so against a Jaguars D that ranked last in the league last year in giving up 8.3 yards per passing attempt.  Don’t miss the boat on this kid.


12.       Matt Hasselbeck (vs Den) – In his 13th season, Matt Hasselbeck likely has the best receiver he’s ever thrown to in his entire career in Kenny Britt, and he knows it.  Denver’s defense is once again near the bottom of the pack so Hassel shouldn’t have too much of a problem tossing the pill around on them, especially if Champ Bailey can’t make it back in time.  Believe it or not, through two games in the 2011 season, the Titans new QB has the fifth most completions (51) and sixth most passing yards (621) in the entire league.  More than Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Sexy Rexy!


13.       Matt Ryan (@ TB) – It wasn’t pretty, but Ryan finally got off the fantasy schneid last weekend tossing up four TDs against the vaunted Eagles pass D.  If that’s not a confidence booster, I don’t know what is.  The problem here is that even though he has a 5-1 career record against the Bucs, his high in passing yards against them is just 235 yards while his high in fantasy points doesn’t even hit the 18-point mark.  He’s better than that, though.  QBs have already averaged 17.3 fantasy points against Tampa so far this season, so I think Ryan will be just fine come Sunday.


14.       Kevin Kolb (@ Sea) – The numbers the Seahawks have put up on defense actually look pretty decent thus far, but that’s about to change in Week Three.  Larry Fitzgerald has pretty much had his way with the Seahawks over his career, and now that he has a real QB again, he should be able to continue that streak.  The Cardinals and Beanie Wells may not find it as easy to run on them as they might think as Seattle has held Frank Gore to 59 yards and Rashard Mendehall to just 66, so they’ll need to turn to the passing game sooner than later if they want to win this road game.


15.       Rex Grossman (@ Dal) – Isn’t it about time Sexy Rexy threw a fat goose-egg up on the board?  Normally I’d say yes, but not this time.  I believe the surprises will keep coming this week against a banged up Dallas D that could barely stop Alex Smith and the 49ers last Sunday.  The Redskins WR corps may be in the middle of the pack in terms of talent, but the tight end position with Fred Davis and Chris Cooley brings an element to Rex’s game that seems to work well within his talents.  When called upon to start against the ‘Boys last season, Grossman threw for 322 yards and four TDs in a fantasy outing up close to 30 points.  That said, expect the unexpected.


16.       Mark Sanchez (@ Oak) – I’m pretty sure it won’t last, but Mark Sanchez is currently on pace for 4,136 yards and 32 TDs.  I mention this for a couple of reasons.  First, I wanted to show that despite a complete overhaul in the Jets WR corps since his 2009 rookie season (not a single WR remains on the team), Dirty Sanchez has still managed to get better each year.  Secondly, I want people to know he’s not just a sideshow QB anymore… he’s actually better than you think.  Oakland still has a pretty good secondary after the loss of Asomugha, but Sanchez should be able to get rack up some decent fantasy points regardless this weekend.


17.       Josh Freeman (vs Atl) – If it weren’t for his five-TD performance against the lowly Seahawks in Week 16 last year, Freeman would have finished 23rd in the league averaging just 16.2 fantasy points/game.  I mention this because Josh has put up just 16.1 fantasy points/game so far this season against two so-so defenses in Detroit at home and against the Vikings indoors.  Basically, maybe Freeman isn’t quite as good of a fantasy QB as people thought.  In his two games versus Atlanta last season, Freeman completed just 50 percent of his passes while putting up an average of, you guessed it; 16.1 fantasy points/game.  Then again, Atlanta’s pass D is pretty darn porous so far.


18.       Joe Flacco (@ StL) – St. Louis has a pretty stingy pass D and can really get after the quarterback; something Flacco had a problem with in Week Two against the Titans.  If Lee Evans plays, the Ravens have enough speed on offense for Flacco to do some damage in the dome, but I can’t see him going off too hard for your team if you have to start him.


19.       Chad Henne (@ Cle) – With rookie RB Daniel Thomas finally showing to have a little juice in his engine last weekend, Miami may not pass the ball as much as anticipated after Week One.  On top of that, Cleveland’s pass D has proved to be pretty stingy so far this season (second in the NFL in both yards allowed and completion percentage allowed per game) with DB Joe Haden leading up the squad.  My guess is that Miami will have to pass the ball in the second half to win this one, so not all is lost, but you can probably do better than Henne this weekend.


20.       Jay Cutler (vs GB) – The good news: Over his career, Cutler has been a MUCH better QB at home averaging 243.3 yards and 1.8 TDs per game versus 228.2 yards and 1.3 TDs on the road.  The bad news: In his five career games against the Packers, Cutler has averaged just 227.8 yards and 1.0 TDs per game while tossing up nine INTs in the process.  Basically, it’s a crapshoot, and not a very good one at that.



Rounding out the rest of the league...


21.       Kyle Orton (@ Ten)


22.       Sam Bradford (vs Bal)


23.       Andy Dalton (vs SF)


24.       Eli Manning (@ Phi)


25.       Colt McCoy (vs Mia)


26.       Donovan McNabb (vs Det)


27.       Alex Smith (@ Cin)


28.       Kerry Collins (vs Pit)


29.       Jason Campbell (vs NYJ)


30.       Tarvaris Jackson (vs Ari)


31.       Blaine Gabbert (@ Car)


32.       Matt Cassel (@ SD)



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