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December 16, 2017
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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


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

Week 4 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Week 4 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 09/26/12

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2012 Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks

 

 

 

Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 4

 

(BYE:  Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)


 

RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

 

Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Wednesday, Sept. 26 - 6:06PM CT)

 

 

1.           Tom Brady (@ Buf) – Is Tom Brady off to a slow fantasy start? Absolutely, but it really hasn’t been THAT bad if you look at the numbers. He’s thrown for 887 yards, good for sixth in the league and just 26 yards behind the number two guy, Joe Flacco. He also has the eighth-most passing attempts and fourth-most completions (79-118 for a 66.9% completion percentage), so it’s not like he’s throwing poorly, either. The only problem is that he simply hasn’t gotten into the endzone as much as usual (4 TDs), an epidemic that will change this weekend against the Bills. Last year when the Stetson man visited Buffalo, he came away with 387 yards and four TDs while back in New England, he nearly equaled the production by tossing for 338 yards and three TDs. If Mark Sanchez can throw for 266 yards and three TDs against the Bills and Matt Cassel can toss up 301 with 2 TDs so far this season, do you really think Brady will somehow do worse?

 

2.           Peyton Manning (vs. Oak) – By the eye-test, he’s not the Peyton Manning we’re accustomed to seeing out there every Sunday, but his fantasy stats will do just fine for his first three games back from neck surgery. Almost 275 yards/game and five TDs while facing three strong defenses in Pittsburgh, Houston and at Atlanta is far better than most expected and will be even more impressive when he’s done ripping apart the Raiders beat-up secondary this Sunday. Willis McGahee (ribs) looks like he’ll suit up but will be at less than 100 percent, so look for a big game out of Manning en route to mid- to high-end QB1 stats.

 

3.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. NO) – I usually hate sayings like this one because it has no form of factual evidence to be based upon, but Rodgers really is “due for a big game”. I didn’t figure on him turning his slow start around against an underrated, tough-as-nails Seattle defense last Monday night (and no, I will NOT talk about that last-second play here), but this week against the Saints, I absolutely do. Everyone knows by now how bad the Saints rush D has been this season, but their pass D really hasn’t been all that much better. Last year when these two teams faced off in Week 1 at Green Bay, Rodgers threw for 312 yards and three TDs on 77.1% passing. I see no reason why he won’t put those same numbers up again this weekend.

 

4.           Drew Brees (@ GB) – Brees leads the league in passing attempts (137) for good reason—the Saints defense can’t keep opponents out of the endzone to save their lives! Not like they are a running team anyway, but Drew has had to do a little extra work so far in 2012 and though he’s still third in fantasy points, he’s looked bad in getting there. Not having Head Coach Sean Payton on the sidelines has obviously been the biggest problem, but for Brees specifically, you can’t ignore both the loss of WR Robert Meachem and that Colston is playing at less than 100 percent. The Saints are one of only two teams in the league at 0-3 (Browns) and need to right the ship quick, so even though I don’t think they’ll beat the Packers in Green Bay, I do believe they’ll let Drew Brees go nuts in an effort to pull off the unlikely victory. Last season in Lambeau, Drew threw for 419 yards and three TDs in a loss. Green Bay’s pass defense is WAY better than last season so I don’t expect THOSE numbers, but he’ll still come away with QB1 fantasy points.

 

5.           Robert Griffin III (@ TB) – Griffin still leads the league in fantasy points after three weeks of action and should be able to hold down his spot through the first quarter of the season this weekend. His best receiver, Pierre Garcon, was missing yet again last weekend and just like he did in Week 2, Griffin STILL found a way to put up top-5 QB fantasy points for the week. This Sunday, the Redskins face a Tampa Bay defense that has allowed the most passing yards in the league by far (1,096 yards – 365.3 yds/game!!!), though they’ve only given up four passing TDs. The Redskins defense has been awful as well, so Griffin should be passing the ball a bunch while possibly playing from behind.

 

6.           Matthew Stafford (vs. Min) – First it was said to be a calf, then a hamstring, and now it’s supposedly Stafford’s HIP that’s got him all bothered. We won’t know officially until Friday what his chances are of playing this weekend, but all signs point towards his suiting up and giving it a go. He’s only thrown one TD in each of the first three games and averaged 287.7 passing yds/gm thus far, but he has the fourth-most attempts and the absolute most completions, so his fantasy turnaround is likely coming very soon. Last season Stafford averaged 302.5 yards and two TDs against this Vikings defense and though they seem to have gotten better against the pass, it’s only been a minimal improvement and won’t hamper the Lions normal passing attack. I’m expecting a real firm QB1 game out of Staff this weekend.

 

7.           Joe Flacco (vs. Cle - Thursday Night) – Flacco made my top-10 QBs last week at No. 8 and did nothing against the Patriots to bump him in Week 4. I’m usually not a big fan of Thursday night games from a fantasy perspective because of the short week teams have to prepare an offensive game-plan, but I like Flacco for a few reasons in this one. First, on a shortened week, a team that’s playing well and putting up points may simply decide to go with whatever has been working. For the Ravens, it’s been Flacco taking control of their new no-huddle offense. Second, Cleveland has been pretty stingy against the run and is one of only five teams to not allow a rushing TD this season. Third, all three QBs the Browns have faced thus far have put up 21 or more fantasy points against them (Vick, Dalton and Fitzpatrick). I think we can all connect the dots here.

 

8.           Matt Ryan (vs. Car) – Matt Ryan is still doing what I thought he’d do this season; which is carving up defenses with tremendous accuracy, increasing his TD percentage and putting up top-5 QB fantasy numbers. In fact, he currently leads the league in both completion percentage (72 percent) and QB Rating (114.0) and though Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez have a lot to do with it, Ryan and his mastery of the Falcons new offense deserves a ton of credit. I’m not the biggest fan of his matchup this week as team’s can run all day against the Panthers, but I have a feeling the Falcons will want to get ahead early on the arm of Matty Ice and then turn it over to Turner and Rodgers later on to seal the deal. Two and a half to three quarters of up-tempo offense should be enough to secure QB1 stats for Ryan this week and if Carolina can somehow keep the game close, Ryan could have a monster game.

 

9.           Eli Manning (@ Phi - Sunday Night) – Eli Manning is the only QB with more than 1,000 passing yards (1,011) and leads the next highest total by almost 100 yards. Five years ago, I don’t think anyone would have called this type of ascension, but Eli has CLEARLY entered elite status not only as an NFL quarterback, but as a fantasy player as well. Last year when the Giants traveled to Philadelphia, Manning put up his lone four-TD game of the season, but only threw for 254 yards. Philly has been pretty close-fisted against the pass this season, though they DID just allow Kevin Kolb to pass for 222 yards, two TDs and no INTs against them so they’re obviously beatable. With Nicks, Cruz, Martellus Bennett and now Ramses Barden to trust in, I like Manning’s chances of success in what could be a crazy-ass game.

 

10.       Michael Vick (vs. NYG - Sunday Night) – Vick has had a pretty crazy year thus far, but he does have the Eagles at 2-1 and put up two good fantasy games for his owners…except for all the interceptions/fumbles, of course. This week he’ll have Jeremy Maclin back in time to go up against the inter-division rival Giants and their sub-par pass defense. If the offensive line can keep Vick upright for a few seconds, it would go a long way towards his fantasy production as Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek overmatch the Giants secondary pretty healthily. I also expect LeSean McCoy to be used more this week after under-utilizing him in Week 3, a move which would force the Giants to bunch the line a bit and give the receivers more room to roam. As usual, Vick is definitely a high-risk/high-reward QB play this Sunday night.

 

 

Quarterbacks 11-30

 

11.       Cam Newton (@ Atl)

 

12.       Matt Schaub (vs. Ten)

 

13.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. NE)

 

14.       Christian Ponder (@ Det)

 

15.       Philip Rivers (@ KC)

 

16.       Carson Palmer (@ Den)

 

17.       Josh Freeman (vs. Was)

 

18.       Tony Romo (vs. Chi - Monday Night)

 

19.       Matt Cassel (vs. SD)

 

20.       Andy Dalton (@ Jax)

 

21.       Alex Smith (@ NYJ)

 

22.       Kevin Kolb (vs. Mia)

 

23.       Jake Locker (@ Hou)

 

24.       Jay Cutler (@ Dal - Monday Night)

 

25.       Russell Wilson (@ StL)

 

26.       Mark Sanchez (vs. SF)

 

27.       Blaine Gabbert (vs. Cin)

 

28.       Sam Bradford (vs. Sea)

 

29.       Ryan Tannehill (@ Ari)

 

30.       Brandon Weeden (@ Bal - Thursday Night)

 

 

 

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