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Paul Perkins

New York Giants

Perkins Not Ideal For 0-RB


Many fantasy analysts are valuing Perkins very high due to reports that he could be a 3 down back for the Giants.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have produced only 11 rushing TDs over the past two years. They have failed to have a 1,000 yard rusher since 2012 nor have they produced a PPR RB over RB20 since 2011. Perkins who lost college rushes to a Linebacker has limited upside in the Giants offense.


07/24/17, 11:47 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Buffalo Bills

Watkins All The Way Back?


"After the season finale in New York, he said he hoped to avoid surgery, but days later elected to have the procedure done. His rehab appears to be on schedule, as he was able to participate in a few team drills before the Bills wrapped up their spring practices. With six weeks between mandatory minicamp and start of training camp, Watkins should be close to 100 percent when camp starts Thursday."

Fantasy Goo: Watkins has WR1 upside when he is healthy and he is currently being drafted in the third round. Others that have gone through this procedure and have come back to full upside include; Julian Edelman, Dez Bryant, and Julio Jones.


07/23/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: buffalonews.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Lacy Loses Weight, Gains Primary Role


“Lacy is the favorite to start over Thomas Rawls, who will still have a role. At a minimum, C.J. Prosise will be the third-down back and a big factor in the passing game.”

Fantasy Goo: In the five games he started last year, Lacy averaged over five yards a carry, all of Rawls value stems from four random, good games he had against weak defenses in 2015. Lacy’s biggest competition is going to come from Prosise. Prosise is a converted from receiver in college and at 6’, 220lbs, has the size-speed combo to take over as the primary back.


07/23/17, 06:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.espn.com


Robert Kelley

Washington Redskins

Fat Rob Gets the Nod


Rob Kelley is slated to be the starting RB in Washington, however Perine will still have the opportunity to play a big role in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Though Perine may be the higher scoring back in 2017, getting a couple early games from Kelley could be very valuable given his low draft cost.


07/23/17, 01:37 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: rotoworld.com


Duke Johnson

Cleveland Browns

Duke Johnson In The Slot


As reported by Mary Cay Cabot, Duke Johnson is likely to take over slot WR work from Andrew Hawkins who is now a Patriot. This depends on Josh Gordon's status if he is granted reinstatement in September.

Fantasy Goo: Until we get news on Gordon, Duke Johnson should be in line to see about 50 additional targets in 3 WR sets. This number will likely be allocating among Johnson, Njoku and DeValve.


07/23/17, 01:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

Last Hurrah for Palmer?


"Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." After finding the right work-out regimen Palmer was the number 8 QB over the last eight weeks of the season. David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

Fantasy Goo: Palmer could be the reason why late-round QB works this year, with an ADP around QB20 Carson has real bounce back potential and is practically free. The stat to watch to indicate 2017 success will be decreasing his league high 137 hits from 2016.


07/22/17, 01:43 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nfl.com


Zach Miller

Chicago Bears

Bears Overload at TE


Miller's contract has one year remaining with a base salary of $1.5 million and the issue the Bears have to tackle is if they can take a chance knowing Miller's durability issues. He has played in 25 games and missed 23 since joining the team in 2014. The only free agent that received more guaranteed money than quarterback Mike Glennon was Dion Sims, who signed an $18 million, three-year contract with $10 million guaranteed, ensuring he will be a big part of Dowell Loggains' offense.

Fantasy Goo: The Bears are five deep at TE right now after drafting Adam Shaheen, acquiring Daniel Brown from Baltimore, and signing UDFA Ben Braunecker. Miller seems like the odd man out here and that’s why he is no longer a late-round flyer in deep leagues. I’ve switched gears to Dion Sims simply because of his athleticism and the Bears investment in him as an every-down TE.


07/22/17, 01:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.chicagotribune.com


Anquan Boldin

Detroit Lions

Boldin Trying Buffalo


Boldin will be working out for the Bills on Monday (7/24) “Boldin, 36, led the Lions with 22 red zone targets last season. He had 67 catches and a career-high eight touchdowns, though he averaged a career-worst 8.7 yards per grab (584 yards in total).” The Bills are looking pretty shallow at WR at this point, they’ll probably be looking to have a few other guys in as well.

Fantasy Goo: This could cut into any upside we were hoping for from Zay Jones, although you could argue that they are much different types of receivers that just happen to both work out of the slot. Boldin will certainly vulture some TD’s from the wide receivers, but it absolutely crushes any chance of Charles Clay having any value and probably snakes away a little of Johnathan Williams receiving potential.


07/22/17, 12:17 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Jones to Compete for WR2


Zay Jones' and his 399 college reception record could make an immediate impact as he performed favorable to Sterling Shepard in college.

Fantasy Goo: Jones' is many fantasy analysts favorite among rookie WRs in 2017. With the 167 vacated targets among Woods, Goodwin and Hunter, Zay has upside as a fantasy WR3.


07/21/17, 12:35 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: prod.www.bills.clubs.nfl.com


Will Tye

New York Giants

Coughlin May Bring Giants to JAX


The Giants have reportedly started shopping Will Tye and Tom Coughlin may be a suitor. If Tye is traded it would convey their plans to use Engram could be immediate.

Fantasy Goo: Although rookie TE's have historically lacked production, Engram is more of a big slot WR. If they move Tye Engram will likely split time in teh slot with Sterling Shepard and could be worth a late round flier after we saw Shepard score 8 TDs in the same position.


07/21/17, 12:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Geronimo Allison

Green Bay Packers

Geronimo Suspended For Opener


Geronimo Allison is suspended for Week 1 due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Goo: It is worth noting that Geronimo put up 4 catches for 91 yards and a score Week 17 when Jordy was being shadowed by Darrius Slay. He could be nice DFS play in games Jordy gets shadowed and Cobb or Adams are inactive.


07/21/17, 12:14 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Braxton Miller

Houston Texans

Braxton A Breakout WR?


QB Guru George Whitfield thinks Braxton Miller could take a dramatic step forward as a WR

Fantasy Goo: September 7, 2015. That was when Braxton took a direct snap, scrambled left and then put a spin move on the Virginia Tech defense that froze in time and broke Twitter. Miller was an all around stud in college and has Julian Edelman type potential. He could be worth a very late round pick, but keep him on your radar.


07/21/17, 11:25 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley Could See More Targets in 2017


Sean McVay recently went on ESPN LA and talked about Jared Goff's development and how the Rams are looking to get Gurley more work in the passing game.

Fantasy Goo: Not known for his receiving skills, despite Dunbar coming to the Rams in the offseason, Sean McVay will travel by air to get Gurley into open space. McVay know's the O-Line is a work in progress, but Gurley is an animal in the open field.


07/21/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bellcow To Play On Franchise Tag


Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down the Steelers 5 year contract that averaged 12 million per year. That number is 50% higher than the next highest paid RB, LeSean McCoy.

Fantasy Goo: This was a ballsy move by Bell, he has stated that he wants to reset the RB market. Adrian Peterson's 2012 was one of the largest RB contracts as he amassed $20.1 million on his base + incentives. Le'Veon Bell is now the #1 player to have in 2017 playing on a contact year under the Franchise tag.


07/21/17, 10:08 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Dan Orlovsky

Detroit Lions

Rams Add Veteran QB


The Rams veteran journeyman Dan Orlovsky to backup their promising young QB Jared Goff. Orlovsky is rejoining his OC from his 2005 season in Detroit.

Fantasy Goo: Orlovsky's last effective game was in 2015 when he threw for 191 yards with a TD and an interception. Even if Goff goes down for an extended period of time Orlovsky has never shown the ability to have a fantasy presence.


07/21/17, 09:59 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Carlos Henderson Impresses in Broncos OTA’s


"Carlos is a great route-runner," fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said during OTAs. "He keeps his arms running through the cuts. I’ve been watching film on him and just seeing how he is. He is a technique guy."

Fantasy Goo: This offense has been missing the short-game middle of the field presence in the passing game from a TE or slot receiver. It’s hard to say how many opportunities are there with the QB situation the way it is and two premier receivers on the outside, but this report sounds like they are looking to create opportunities for him, even if it’s on special teams. His metrics profile compares best to Stealing Sheppard.


07/20/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverbroncos.com


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Re-sign RB Chris Johnson to One-year Contract


This is the perfect situation for everyone involved. Johnson obviously knows the offense, the Cardinals have a solid back-up and can bring their rookie along slowly. Ellington has moved to WR and Kerwynn Williams is comfortable with the offense, but certainly not a solid No.2.

Fantasy Goo:
It doesn’t move the needle for anyone’s value, David Johnson is still the number one or two overall pick and there was no “handcuff” on the radar to begin with. In the four games Chris Johnson was active last year he only did more than spell David in one game, when Arizona crushed Tennessee 40-7.


07/20/17, 04:11 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers First Round Pick Might Need Surgery


Reports on Mike Williams are mixed on whether he’ll need surgery or not for the herniated disk in his back, either way it seems unlikely that he will have anything to contribute this year. It seems like Schefter and Rapoport are having a little pissing contest as to whether Williams will actually need surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Draft Tyrell Williams as your WR3, he’s going after the 10th round right now, but that won’t happen for much longer. Keep Dontrell Inman on your radar, he could be a late round flyer in PPR leagues, with Allen out last year Inman finished with more PPR points than Ginn, Cobb and DeVante Parker.


07/20/17, 03:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Gary Barnidge

Cleveland Browns

Jaguars Meet With Barnidge


“Barnidge was released by Cleveland following this year's NFL Draft. The Browns used a first-round pick on Miami tight end David Njoku, who is set to take on Barnidge's playing time. If the Jaguars were to sign Barnidge, it would be a homecoming for the veteran tight end.”

Fantasy Goo: This means nothing, Barnidge will not have a repeat of his 2015 season. Barnidge is a solid blocking TE that had a spectacular year when there were no other options in the offense. The Jaguars aren’t very adept at using the TE either, Julius Thomas did next to nothing in his two years with the team.


07/20/17, 03:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.firstcoastnews.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else


When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.


07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

Week 4 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 4 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 09/26/12

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2012 Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs

 

 

 

Running Back Player Rankings – Week 4

 

(BYE:  Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)


 

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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Thursday, Sept. 27 - 9:43PM CT)


1.           Arian Foster (vs. Ten) – It doesn’t matter much who Foster plays as it seems the only thing he knows how to do is score touchdowns and put up fantasy points. This week, however, it does matter as this could be the explosive game fantasy owners have been waiting for. In his lone game against the Titans last season, Foster had 115 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, but also added 119 yards and another TD through the air for a gargantuan 41.4 fantasy points. Considering the Titans have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to RBs this season along with the most real points (113) in the NFL, Foster is shaping up to be the absolute top play of Week 4.


2.           Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. Cin) – MJD is back in full force after watching him shred the Colts for 177 rushing yards and a touchdown in Week 3. He’s currently fifth in fantasy points on the season and sits just nine yards behind Jamaal Charles for the league lead in rushing yards. Cincinnati has been awful against the rush allowing 5.8 yards per carry, by far the worst in the NFL. With the Jaguars passing game still underwhelming and Cinci allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs, Jones-Drew could be in for a 30-touch day and a ton of points for your team.


3.           Ray Rice (vs. Cle - Thursday Night) – Rice continued to do his normal fantasy damage last Sunday night putting up 150 total yards (101 rushing) along with a rushing TD and five receptions. His consistent high-end fantasy production is a dream for fantasy owners and won’t be thwarted this Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. In fact, back in Week 9 of his rookie 2008 season, Rice put up his first 100-yard game (154 yards on 21 carries) against the Browns and has enjoyed playing against them ever since. The Ravens new up-tempo offense has given Rice a little more room to do his stuff out there and while the Browns have been pretty good against the rush thus far, they’ll be in over their heads this week after allowing Tashard Choice to rush for the third-most yards in his career in only three quarters of the game. Not only is he one of the more solid RB1 plays this week, but he would probably be the fantasy gem of the bunch if not for Foster’s and MJD’s sweet matchups.


4.           Marshawn Lynch (@ StL) – Marshawn Lynch is touching the ball more than everyone in the league whose first name isn’t Arian. When Seattle comes out onto the field for the initial kickoff, I’m surprised they haven’t handed it off to Lynch by accident simply out of habit. Lynch’s 305 rushing yards is good for fourth in the league right now and though the TDs haven’t been there like they were last season, they WILL come, and they’ll start this weekend. Lynch had a touchdown in each of his games against the Rams last season along with 203 rushing yards, so I’m expecting nothing less than 100 yards and a TD (or two) this Sunday.


5.           Ryan Mathews (@ KC) – It wasn’t quite the debut fantasy owners were hoping for in Week 3, but the Chargers fell behind against the Falcons real quick and had a tough time getting Ryan Mathews involved the rest of the game. His fumble inside the five-yard line was a bummer as well, but not something tremendously worrisome. The Chargers will be forced to play him as an every-down back regardless because his backups are so mediocre. I don’t see what happened last Sunday happening this week against the Chiefs, so look for Mathews to be given the ball early and end up with a good 25 or so touches. Ryan had a couple of nice games against this team last season putting up an average of 130.5 total yards and one TD per game, numbers he should be able to at least equal this time around. 


6.           LeSean McCoy (vs. NYG - Sunday Night) – McCoy hasn’t been bad by any means, but he hasn’t quite lived up to his top-5 fantasy draft pick status just yet.  He’s put up less than 100 total yards in two of his three games, though Andy Reid admitted he didn’t get McCoy the ball enough in Week 3, so I expect he’ll see plenty of touches this Sunday night against the Giants. New York may look to have had a pretty good rush D on paper, but they’ve allowed a 4.6 YPC to running backs thus far and gave up 131 yards to DeMarco Murray in Week 1. In two games last season, McCoy had 241 yards with a TD against them, so it looks like he at least knows how to crack through their front seven. Expect a nice game from Shady on national TV.


7.           Jamaal Charles (vs. SD) – As far as I know, I was the only one who stayed firmly planted on the Jamaal Charles wagon last week and as I expected, he finally proved my faithfulness worthy. In fact, he now leads the league in rushing yards with 323 and is back up CLOSE to his career YPC at 5.9 yards per carry (6.0 career). Two years ago when “The Ostrich” was second in the league in rushing yards, he was much better playing at home, which is where he’ll be this weekend against the Chargers. San Diego has been pretty stout against the rush, but they seem to tire easily and can be exploited late in games—as Michael Turner showed last weekend. With Peyton Hillis doubtful to play, Charles could see up over 30 touches once again and if so, could easily end up in the top-3 RBs this week.


8.           Darren McFadden (@ Den) – Run DMC came through with 13 catches in Week 1 and one gigantic 64-yard TD run in Week 3, but has otherwise been hugely unspectacular. One of the reasons is that he’s barely used to the new offensive blocking scheme they have going on there in Oakland, but the other one is that defenses haven’t had to play the pass all that much yet either with the amount of injuries to the Raiders wide receivers. No matter, because if there’s one team in the world McFadden loves to play, it’s the Denver Broncos. In fact, in his last three games against them, he’s rushed for 150, 165 and 119 yards. Could it happen again? Absolutely, though Denver has been a lot better against the rush recently. I’d still take my chances with history this weekend.


9.           Adrian Peterson (@ Det) – The Lions rush defense is pretty darn good as we all know, but the only team Purple Jesus has had more success against in his career is the Bears, though he’s been pretty darn awesome against both of them. Peterson has obviously proven that he’s back and ready to take on a full load each week, as was shown by his 27 touches against the hard-hitting 49ers last weekend, so don’t think for a second that the Vikings won’t use him a ton against Detroit. AP usually plays better in these inter-division rivalries than in other games, so make sure to watch this game if you can because something special just might go down this Sunday.


10.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Jax) – This may look like one of the stranger calls of the weekend, but yes, the Law Firm is in my top-10 running backs for the week. The Jacksonville Jaguars have been too awful of a rush defense this year to ignore the matchup, though it’s killing me to put BJGE up this high. The fact is, Cincinnati looks to have more than enough firepower in the passing game for defenses to have to pay attention to, so Green-Ellis will undoubtedly have room to run. His goal-line prowess should be on full display as well in this one and I’d be extremely surprised if there weren’t at least 3-4 touchdown opportunities for BenJarvus by the end of the day. He may not rush for 110 yards like Arian Foster did on them, but 85 to 100 is within reach and a touchdown is almost guaranteed.



Running Backs 11-50


11.       Michael Turner (vs. Car)


12.       Doug Martin (vs. Was)


13.       Frank Gore (@ NYJ)


14.       DeMarco Murray (vs. Chi - Monday Night)


15.       Alfred Morris (@ TB)


16.       Cedric Benson (vs. NO) 


17.       Stevan Ridley (@ Buf)


18.       Willis McGahee (vs. Oak)


19.       Reggie Bush (@ Ari)


20.       Matt Forte (@ Dal - Monday Night)


21.       Trent Richardson (@ Bal - Thursday Night) 


22.       Mikel Leshoure (vs. Min)


23.       Fred Jackson (vs. NE)


24.       Darren Sproles (@ GB)


25.       Ryan Williams (vs. Mia)


26.       Jonathan Stewart (@ Atl)


27.       Ahmad Bradshaw (@ Phi - Sunday Night)


28.       Ben Tate (vs. Ten)


29.       DeAngelo Williams (@ Atl)


30.       Andre Brown (@ Phi - Sunday Night)


31.       Pierre Thomas (@ GB)


32.       Michael Bush (@ Dal - Monday Night)


33.       Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. Car)


34.       Chris Johnson (@ Hou)


35.       Steven Jackson (vs. Sea)


36.       Mark Ingram (@ GB)


37.       Danny Woodhead (@ Buf)


38.       Tashard Choice (vs. NE)


39.       Bilal Powell (vs. SF)


40.       Daniel Thomas (@ Ari)


41.       Kendall Hunter (@ NYJ)


42.       Shonn Greene (vs. SF)


43.       Shaun Draughn (vs. SD)


44.       Lance Ball (vs. Oak)


45.       Jackie Battle (@ KC)


46.       Daryl Richardson (vs. Sea)


47.       Bryce Brown (vs. NYG - Sunday Night)


48.       Ryan Grant (@ TB)


49.       Bernard Pierce (vs. Cle - Thursday Night)


50.       Ronnie Hillman (vs. Oak)

 

 

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