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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 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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