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 4 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Wide Receivers

Week 4 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Wide Receivers

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 09/26/12

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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 4


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Wide Receivers                 (Updated:  Friday, Sept. 28 - 9:59PM CT)



1.               Demaryius Thomas (vs. Oak) – Demaryius’ below average scoring output last week is nothing for owners to worry about. Houston’s lock-down cornerback, Johnathan Joseph, is the closest thing the NFL has to Darrelle Revis in that he pretty much shuts down every wide receiver he shadows. Demaryius won’t have to worry about that when he faces Oakland this Sunday. In fact, the Raiders top two corners have been out for a while now and their replacements have been so bad, they’ve been forced to experiment with putting Michael Huff, a career, seven-year veteran free safety, at left CB. Let’s put it this way:  Two weeks ago against Miami, WR Brian Hartline had nine catches for 111 yards… In his 42-game career beforehand, he had never topped 100 yards or made more than FIVE catches in any one game. Last week Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown combined for 15 catches, 210 yards and two TDs. I see Demaryius coming down with a large chunk of that this Sunday.

2.               Calvin Johnson (vs. Min) – Calvin may be a bit behind in his TD-count so far, but he’s actually on pace to have better overall numbers than last season. Sure, it’s unlikely he puts up 128 receptions for 1,968 yards, but my point is that it’s not his level of play that has suffered, just his opportunity for more TDs. This week he goes up against a highly susceptible Vikings pass D that’s actually been playing better, but hasn’t really been tested yet this year. Megatron will certainly do that and more this Sunday en route to his typical, high-end WR1 numbers.

3.               Julio Jones (vs. Car) – Julio hasn’t been as spectacular as his Week 1 numbers led people to believe he’d be this season, but he’s still fifth in the league in fantasy points and is one of only four wide receivers to have three TDs on this young season (there are actually SEVEN tight ends with 3+ TDs). Jones was active for just one game against the Panthers last season and made it count by grabbing three balls for 104 yards and two TDs. Carolina doesn’t seem to do well against bigger receivers, either, as 6’6” Ramses Barden torched them for 138 yards on nine receptions last weekend, so Jones could be in for a big game. My only concern is that Atlanta goes up big early on and hands the game over to Michael Turner/Jazquizz Rodgers to seal it, but my guess is that it will have been Julio who put them up so much in the first place, so no worries.

4.               Wes Welker (@ Buf) – The concerns about Wes Welker and his role in the Patriots offense this season were completely justified, but probably blown a bit out of proportion. This is still Wes Welker—probably the best, little slot receiver the league has ever seen—and he wasn’t likely to be held back for long. Over the last two games, the Slot Machine has 13 catches on 21 targets for 237 yards, numbers he’ll be counted on to add to big-time this weekend while Aaron Hernandez and Julian Edelman are both sidelined. Last year playing at Buffalo, Welker had the game of his life grabbing 16 passes for 217 yards and two TDs. I’m pretty sure Brady knows it as well.

5.               Andre Johnson (vs. Ten) – Andre made the most of his four targets against the Broncos catching two of them for 72 yards and a 60-yard TD last week. Though the Texans should have no problem running all over the Titans this weekend, they won’t have a problem throwing the ball either so I expect Johnson to be heavily involved. He has six touchdowns in his last six games against this team and now won’t even have to face Cortland Finnegan, so I’m going to chalk up his seventh in seven games right now. He may not get a ton of yards or catches with Houston queuing up the Foster/Tate show for an extended viewing, but then again, he could go ballistic in the first half and win you the week on his own.

6.               A.J. Green (@ Jax) – Green plays like a man among boys out there and he’s only been in the league for 18 games (missed one in 2011)!! He’s second in the league in total fantasy points (only because Torrey Smith already played this week) and in the top-5 in everything else except receptions where he stands at No. 7. Last year playing in Jacksonville, Green put up 90 yards and a TD—numbers he should at least equal in this one.

7.               Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Mia) – Fitz FINALLY got it going on last weekend against the Eagles catching all nine of his targets for 114 yards and a touchdown. I know a lot of people who were getting worried about him, but there was really no way one of the best five receivers in the history of the league was going to be held down for long. The 3-0 Cardinals go up against a Miami defense this week that’s been so tough against the run; they almost force the other team to pass the ball to beat them (124 – most passing attempts against before Thursday). Of course, this can only be good news for Larry Fitz and his fantasy owners.

8.               Percy Harvin (@ Det) – Before the 2011 season began, Donovan McNabb went on record saying there was no reason why Percy Harvin couldn’t catch 100 passes in a season. He came close with 87 last year, but it looks like 2012 will be the year he does it as he currently leads the league with 27 receptions and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. In fact, his overall numbers may grow from here on out with WR Jerome Simpson coming back from his suspension this weekend. Simpson’s speed will stretch defenses deep and give Harvin more room to maneuver underneath, a place where the Lions pass D have given up the majority of their yards thus far. At their last meeting in Detroit, Harvin caught 10 balls for 69 yards and a TD while rushing for 40 more yards on four carries.

9.               Vincent Jackson (vs. Was) – Like it was while he was in San Diego, Vincent Jackson will put up a real nice fantasy game ever three to four weeks yet completely disappear in the others. Such has been the case thus far in Tampa Bay and will continue to be this weekend, with Jackson ending up on the GOOD side of his fantasy owners in this one. Washington’s pass defense has been so horrendous this season that it seems nearly impossible for V-Jax to get shut down. In just three games, the Redskins have allowed SIX different wide receivers to catch a TD pass with three of those guys adding in 120 or more yards. Two of them actually had 160-plus yards and as you can imagine, Washington has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing WRs because of it.

10.           Brandon Lloyd (@ Buf) – There was a lot of talk during the offseason about how quickly Tom Brady fell in love with Brandon Lloyd’s game and though he doesn’t have a touchdown as of yet, the love has shown to be true as he’s sixth overall in receptions (22) and tied for sixth in targets (33) thus far. The TDs are coming, I guarantee it, and I believe they’ll start this weekend against the Bills. Buffalo has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and are tied for the most TDs allowed, so it’s looking pretty good for the newest Patriot on the block this Sunday.

Wide Receivers 11-80

11.           Roddy White (vs. Car)

12.           Torrey Smith (vs. Cle - Thursday Night)

13.           Steve Smith (@ Atl)

14.           Jordy Nelson (vs. NO)

15.           Greg Jennings (vs. NO)

16.           Stevie Johnson (vs. NE)

17.           Victor Cruz (@ Phi - Sunday Night)

18.           Eric Decker (vs. Oak)

19.           Jeremy Maclin (vs. NYG - Sunday Night)

20.           Dwayne Bowe (vs. SD)

21.           Marques Colston (@ GB)

22.           Denarius Moore (@ Den)

23.           DeSean Jackson (vs. NYG - Sunday Night)

24.           Miles Austin (vs. Chi - Monday Night)

25.           Brandon Marshall (@ Dal - Monday Night)

26.           Malcom Floyd (@ KC)

27.           Dez Bryant (vs. Chi - Monday Night)

28.           Lance Moore (@ GB)

29.           Leonard Hankerson (@ TB)

30.           Mike Williams (vs. Was)

31.           Michael Crabtree (@ NYJ)

32.           Brandon LaFell (@ Atl)

33.           Andrew Hawkins (@ Jax)

34.           Danny Amendola (vs. Sea)

35.           Jerome Simpson (@ Det)

36.           Titus Young (vs. Min)

37.           Justin Blackmon (vs. Cin)

38.           Nate Washington (@ Hou)

39.           Nate Burleson (vs. Min)

40.           Anquan Boldin (vs. Cle - Thursday Night)

41.           Randall Cobb (vs. NO)

42.           Robert Meachem (@ KC)

43.           Santonio Holmes (vs. SF)

44.           Armon Binns (@ Jax)

45.           Kendall Wright (@ Hou)

46.           Mario Manningham (@ NYJ)

47.           Travis Benjamin (@ Bal - Thursday Night)

48.           Derek Hagan (@ Den)

49.           Ramses Barden (@ Phi - Sunday Night)

50.           Golden Tate (@ StL)

51.           Jonathan Baldwin (vs. SD)

52.           Sidney Rice (@ StL)

53.           Jeremy Kerley (vs. SF)

54.           Greg Little (@ Bal - Thursday Night)

55.           Davone Bess (@ Ari)

56.           T.J. Graham (vs. NE)

57.           James Jones (vs. NO)

58.           Josh Gordon (@ Bal - Thursday Night)

59.           Jacoby Jones (vs. Cle - Thursday Night)

60.           Brandon Gibson (vs. Sea)

61.           Kevin Walter (vs. Ten)

62.           Cecil Shorts (vs. Cin)

63.           Donald Jones (vs. NE)

64.           Andre Roberts (vs. Mia)

65.           Domenik Hixon (@ Phi - Sunday Night)

66.           Devery Henderson (@ GB)

67.           Alshon Jeffery (@ Dal - Monday Night)

68.           Brandon Stokley (vs. Oak)

69.           Laurent Robinson (vs. Cin)

70.           Damian Williams (@ Hou)

71.           Kevin Ogletree (vs. Chi - Monday Night)

72.           Brian Hartline (@ Ari)

73.           Santana Moss (@ TB)

74.           Rod Streater (@ Den)

75.           Keshawn Martin (vs. Ten)

76.           Damaris Johnson (vs. NYG - Sunday Night)

77.           Doug Baldwin (@ StL)

78.           Randy Moss (@ NYJ)

79.           Earl Bennett (@ Dal - Monday Night)

80.           Michael Floyd (vs. Mia)


Pierre Garcon (@ TB) – QUESTIONABLE – Still highly unlikely to play after a week of limited practices

Hakeem Nicks (@ Phi - Sunday Night) DOUBTFUL – Nicks’ knee swelled up on Friday after Thursday’s practice so they’ll likely hold him out until Week 5 at the earliest

Kenny Britt (@ Hou) – QUESTIONABLE – Missed practice all week

Julian Edelman (@ Buf) – OUT

Stephen Hill (vs. SF) - DOUBTFUL




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