Week 3
September 24, 2017


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Austin Seferian-Jenkins

New York Jets

ASJ Ready to Play?

Jets TE Will Tye (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 3 leaving Austin Seferian-Jenkins as the only healthy tight end with Jordan Leggett (doubtful, knee) and Eric Tomlinson (elbow) sidelined. Tye should play, but his status is going to lead to a larger workload for ASJ in his first game back.

Fantasy Goo: I’m buying into the renewed AS-J hype, dude is just a freak athlete that can change a game. He is also the only real option other than Kearse and McCown loves a TE. I believe I’m higher on him than any other expert so you might want to take this with a grain of salt, might be a week early on the hype train.

09/23/17, 09:04 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Target Monster

Ravens TE Maxx Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3. Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against Jacksonville.

Fantasy Goo: Ben Watson caught 8-of-8 targets for 91 yards last week, Maxx Williams also caught 4 passes on 4 targets. Flacco loves his TE’s, Watson should be the stream TE of the week with Maxx out, but Flacco needs to target him in the end-zone like Brees did two years ago.

09/23/17, 08:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com

Alshon Jeffery

Philadelphia Eagles

Big Week Potential

The Giants will have to wait until Sunday morning to see if their top cornerback will suit up against the Eagles. Janoris Jenkins is in danger of missing his second straight game, with an ankle injury, and will be a game-time decision against the Eagles. Jenkins is listed as questionable, and hasn’t practiced all week, though he is scheduled to be a limited participant during a short session on Saturday.

Fantasy Goo: If Jenkins is out Alshon Jeffery becomes a must start in all formats, he’ll feast on Eli Apple who moves from slot CB to the outside. That also leaves a wide-open lane for Ertz to put up WR2 type numbers. Making him a viable flex play on DK if you are looking to spend up elsewhere.

09/23/17, 04:38 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Henry Begins Take-Over

Derrick Henry is expected to get a "significant workload" regardless of whether or not DeMarco Murray (questionable, hamstring) plays against the Seahawks in Week 3. Murray did get in a limited practice session on Friday, but even if he is active Henry out-touched him 14-10 in last week's win over the Jags while racking up a career-high 92 rushing yards.

Fantasy Goo: It's not a great match-up for Henry against Seattle, but his workload should be enough to consider starting him in all formats. If Murray is out Henry becomes a solid lock-it-in starter, that’s why he was going in the single-digit rounds in most drafts. If you have lazy owners in your league offer a trade for Henry and try to sell Murray while you have a chance.

09/22/17, 07:27 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Green Bay Packers

Targets Up for Grabs

Randall Cobb (chest) is listed as doubtful for Week 3 against the Bengals.
This should move Jordy Nelson into the slot with Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams as the Packers' outside receivers versus Cincinnati. Despite the Questionable tag, Nelson is fully expected to play against the Bengals after missing almost all of Week 2 with what he deemed a "charley horse." We can consider Cobb as "week to week."

Fantasy Goo: With the Packers target leader Randall Cobb (shoulder) listed as doubtful, Nelson should be locked and loaded into fantasy lineups as a WR1. Many DFS analysts are also eyeing Adams for a break-out game and I’ve seen Allison being scooped up in several dynasty/deep roster leagues.

09/22/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

Pats Injury Report Always a Long List

Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Week 3 against the Texans. Chris Hogan (knee) and Amendola are questionable. Hogan was limited by a knee injury at practice this week but his status for Sunday has never been in doubt.

Fantasy Goo: Looks like Gillislee and Hogan should be solid plays this week. With Burkhead out both are in line to benefit greatly, Amendola could cut into Hogan just enough to knock him out of flex range though if he ends up playing.

09/22/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys

At Least Two More Weeks of Zeke

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set a date for a hearing in the Zeke Elliott case: Oct. 2.
It will be two weeks before the court of appeals even hears the arguments from both sides. This thing could certainly get strung out and the suspension could come next season.

Fantasy Goo: If you have him you’re going to have to ride this out all season. His schedule eases some after week 4 so if the court denies the plea from the NFL you are going to reap rewards that you expected when you drafted him. Something in my gut tells me that he will serve some sort of suspension this year though, either way you’ll never get fair value for him in a trade and my gut feeling could just be because I’m a Giants fan. I don’t get the sense that it’s worth handcuffing him at this point either, just because we can’t be sure who the handcuff is yet.

09/22/17, 06:26 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Sam Bradford

Minnesota Vikings

Sam Bradford (knee) Out for Sunday

Sam Bradford‘s knee could be a real problem. The Vikings quarterback is not expected to play on Sunday. Bradford will get a second opinion on his left knee from Dr. James Andrews, on Friday. Whenever I hear Dr. Andrews name red flags go up, because it always seems to mean more surgery, but Andrews has performed Bradford’s first two ACL surgeries, so he’s quite familiar with his medical history.

Fantasy Goo: Bradford being out is definitely a down-grade for Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph with Keenum throwing the rock. Theilen gets the largest drop, averaging 9 more PPR points per game with Bradford in.

09/21/17, 08:09 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jimmy Graham

Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham (ankle) DNP Thursday.

That makes it two missed practices in a row and he's shaping up to be very questionable for Week 3 against the Titans. The Seahawks have listed him on the injury report with an ankle injury, but the team did say he banged his knee in Week 2. If Graham can't play, Luke Wilson would likely fill in while the Seahawks run with more three-wide sets.

Fantasy Goo: Whenever Graham is out you have to look for Tyler Locket to get more targets. It’s only a five game sample, but Lockett averages six more PPR points per game with Graham out.Pete Carroll came out Friday and said Graham, listed as questionable, should be fine for Sunday.

09/21/17, 07:37 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Johnson Back for Arizona

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Chris Johnson's carries to increase in Week 3. Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 44 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts, out-playing Kerwynn Williams. It appears as though he is ready to run with starting duties during David Johnson's absence.

Fantasy Goo: We shouldn't expect more than an RB3 production, but he is worth scooping up in leagues where he remains un-owned (admittedly, probably not many). I’m looking to make some trades to clear roster space and grab him, bye weeks will be coming soon and he could end up with 15-20 carries some weeks.

09/21/17, 06:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com

Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes

Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.

09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble

Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.

09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job

The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.

09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"

Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.

09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In

Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay

A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears

Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.

09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.

09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.

09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.

09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Week 4 - QB Player Rankings

Week 4 - QB Player Rankings

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 09/27/11

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QB Player Rankings – Week 4




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1.           Tom Brady (@ Oak) – Until someone knocks him off this tear that he’s on, I simply can’t take him out of the number one slot. His fantasy numbers thus far are unprecedented and don’t look to be slowing down, especially with the Patriots scoring at will the way they are (104 points in three games!). Brady is now only one passing TD shy of tying Joe Montana for ninth on the all-time list and 28 shy of tying John Elway for fifth all-time with 300. Hard to believe he was a seventh-round pick, isn’t it? That means every team in the league outside of New England not only missed out on him once, but they all failed to draft him at least SIX TIMES!!! Just unreal.


2.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. Den) – It’s hard to believe that Aaron Rodgers has already thrown for eight touchdowns and is averaging almost 306 yards a game and yet is still just sixth in QB fantasy points this season. We all know it won’t end up that way, but it’s kind of crazy regardless.  The Broncos weren’t too hot against the pass in 2010 and are already allowing a 106.8 passer rating to opposing QBs so far this year. With Champ Bailey still nursing a hamstring injury, it won’t improve this week, especially up in Green Bay where Rodgers normally rules.


3.           Matthew Stafford (@ Dal) – Stafford has been out of this world through three games this season, though there were many of us who expected it. The Cowboys rush D is good enough to force teams to pass, so against the Cowboys this weekend, if he can avoid DeMarcus Ware enough to get off 35-40 passes, he should be able to pick apart a very beatable Dallas secondary and maybe match his average game this year of three TDs and 325 yards.


4.           Drew Brees (@ Jax) – So I guess Brees and the coaches were right; it really doesn’t matter who they put in there at wide receiver, the Saints are a machine that can pass at will on pretty much anybody. Even without his top WR Marques Colston, Brees has put up three touchdowns a game along with an average of 353 yards through three weeks of the 2011 season. Jacksonville may have been pretty stingy so far with their pass D in terms of yards allowed (just 196 yards/game), but they were awful last year and haven’t faced anyone the caliber of Drew Brees as of yet. Expect another phenomenal fantasy game from Cool Brees this Sunday.


5.           Philip Rivers (vs. Mia) – Miami’s pass D is better than their current rank of 30th in the league so far this season (mostly due to Tom Brady’s demolition in Week One), but Rivers should be able to toss the ball around on them pretty well regardless. It’s unclear whether or not Gates will play, but even if he doesn’t, Randy McMichael has proven to be a decent backup in his stead. Either way, with Patrick Crayton back, he’ll at least have a full WR corps to throw to. Last season at home, Rivers had three 300-yard games and three others with three-plus TDs; both numbers he might be able to reach come Sunday.


6.           Ben Roethlisberger (@ Hou) – Roethlisberger certainly has his good games and his bad, but I believe this will be one of his good ones. Houston has been a lot better against the pass this season after finishing last in the league in 2010, but after holding Kerry Collins and Chad Henne in check, Drew Brees proceeded to throw all over them last weekend putting up 370 yards and three TDs. I’m not going to go so far as to say Big Ben will do the same, but he’s averaged 314 yards/game so far, so it is possible.


7.           Michael Vick (vs. SF) – Obviously this placement of Vick is dependent on whether or not he plays on Sunday, but since his right (non-throwing) hand wasn’t broken and only bruised, I’m betting he will. He’s more of a competitor than most in this league, so with that in mind, I believe he makes a huge effort this weekend to show the sporting world he can still do what he does best out there and stay healthy doing it. San Fran has a pretty nasty rush D, so the Eagles will need Vick to pull off some magic with his arm to win this one as they should. When it comes to Vick, I happen to believe in (fantasy) magic.


8.           Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ Cin) – I’m still not 100 percent sold on Fitzpatrick, but it’s getting pretty darn close. After three weeks of action, Ivy League Ryan sits at fifth for the most QB fantasy points in the league, with his worst point total coming last weekend against New England when he tossed up 369 yards and two TDs. Last year Fitz threw for 316 yards and four TDs in Cincinnati and though I don’t think he matches those lofty numbers against an improved Bengals pass D, I’ll no longer be shocked if he did.


9.           Eli Manning (@ Ari) – Very few of us expected Eli Manning to do much of anything against that vaunted Eagles secondary last weekend, but boy did he shut us up. Just when you least expect it, Manning Jr. tosses up four TDs and over 250 yards without his WR2 (Mario Manningham) in the lineup and finally decides to join the 2011 fantasy passing brigade. Arizona’s pass D was near the bottom of the league last season WITH CB Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie and are now even further down the list without him.  Manningham is back; Victor Cruz is a beast; Hakeem Nicks is ridiculous; book it. Eli is going to have a little fun with this one.


10.         Matt Ryan (@ Sea) – Seattle looks to have a pretty good defense this year and with as bad as their offense is, they sure do need it. Nevertheless, the reality is they can’t get to the quarterback, a fact that will get them torn apart against the likes of Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez. With the Seahawks rush D actually being pretty formidable, I can see Ryan throwing the ball a good 30-35 times which is all he’ll need to chalk up 250-300 yards and two or three TDs.


11.         Rex Grossman (@ StL) – Oh Rexy. I have to admit I’m impressed with his 2-1 start (which could have easily been 3-0), but how much longer can he keep this up? He seems to have opposing defenses guessing by spreading the ball around real well, but with such mediocre talent surrounding him, I can’t help but think there aren’t many great fantasy performances left in him. That said, St. Louis and their injury-riddled defense just let Joe Flacco go ballistic on them in Week 3, so another one could be in the works this weekend.


12.         Tony Romo (vs. Det) – Romo had enough charisma to pull off a win for the Cowboys on Monday night, but his fantasy stats were bland at best and you could tell he really misses his big gun in Miles Austin. Being an inter-division rival, Washington of course had a better bead on Romo and the Cowboys than maybe any other team in the league, so I don’t expect the Lions to bottle him up quite as well. Detroit obviously has a much improved defense this year, but they also haven’t faced a top-notch QB away from home just yet. Tony should at least be able to toss up a couple TD passes in this one.


13.         Jay Cutler (vs. Car) – Even after facing rookie Blaine Gabbert in a monsoon in his first professional start, the Panthers are still allowing 240 passing yards a game and the highest passer rating in the league to opposing QBs (110.8!!!).  Despite his continued troubles staying upright, Jay Cutler has put up three decent fantasy games so far and should put up another one on Sunday against this Carolina D. The Bears will likely run the ball more than they have all year, but doing that should open the passing lanes up quite a bit for Cutler to exploit throughout the game.


14.         Matt Schaub (vs. Pit) – Despite the loss, Schaub has got to be flying pretty high right now after tossing up three TDs and 373 yards last weekend against the Saints. The best thing about his performance, however, is that he spread the ball around so well, something he’ll need to do a lot of if he wants to have a good showing against the Steelers pass D. Andre Johnson is once again at the top of his game, but it looks like Owen Daniels may also be back to form and this new weapon, fullback/tight end James Casey, seems to be a nice addition to Schaub’s repertoire. I’m not expecting the world here, but Matty has had some great games against tough defenses before.


15.         Cam Newton (@ Chi) – Newton is a gamer and without a question one of the best athletes ever to work under center in this league. However, I expect a bit of a rude awakening for the rookie against the Bears and their Cover-2 scheme this weekend. It’s obvious Newton depends on throwing the ball to Steve Smith in order to succeed, a directive he had a real tough time accomplishing in the rain last weekend against the Jaguars. The Bears won’t let it happen either, so Cam may find himself trying to run a bunch, a choice that could get him into even further trouble against this speedy Chicago D. He might be able to get some decent yardage in this one, but the touchdowns will be hard to come by.


16.         Joe Flacco (@ NYJ) – Flacco certainly showed off that monster arm of his last weekend, didn’t he. The pickin’s won’t be as easy to come by in this one, though, with the Jets sporting one of the better pass defenses in the league. In the first week of last season against New York, Joey threw for 248 yards in the rain but couldn’t come up with a TD. I’m expecting about the same yardage this weekend, but I think he hits paydirt at least once with Jets CB Antonio Cromartie at less than full health.


17.         Jason Campbell (vs. NE) – Campbell may never rise this high in my rankings again if he can’t pull off some nice fantasy numbers this weekend against the Patriots. So far, New England has allowed the most completions, yards and fantasy points to opposing QBs, mostly due to teams having to play catch-up after Brady has already gone off. The Raiders will try to run at first, but like everyone else, they’ll have to turn to the pass to win. If Jacoby Ford comes back this week, he’ll lineup alongside rookie phenom Denarius Moore in what could end up becoming a lethal combination. Campbell could be at the start of something good here.


18.         Kyle Orton (@ GB) – Denver will go down a couple of scores in the first half, if not the first quarter, and have to pass their way back into contention the whole rest of the game. This was basically the weekly scenario last season as well when Orton was putting up fantasy starter-type numbers, so don’t be shocked to see him with some nice stats by the end of this one. Green Bay also looks to be pretty darn beatable through the air this season, so we’ll see if last year’s superstar Brandon Lloyd and youngster Eric Decker can strut their stuff for Kyle and the Donkeys on Sunday.


19.         Mark Sanchez (@ Bal) – Sanchez may be able to put up decent fantasy numbers in this one simply because the Jets won’t be able to run the ball. Either way, Mark has thrown two TDs in each of the Jets first three games while averaging 295 yards a contest, so it seems he’s becoming more depended on than he was in the past anyway. He was atrocious against them in Week One last season, but I expect a little better this time around… though maybe not much.


20.         Josh Freeman (vs. Ind) – Freeman, as usual, has been extremely vanilla thus far in terms of fantasy and I’m not sure I expect much more from him in this one. Tampa should be able to shellac Indy all day this Monday night, with most of the pounding done on the ground. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Josh throw a couple of TDs, but somewhere around 225 yards and one TD should be enough for a Buccaneers victory.



Rounding out the rest of the league...


21.         Kevin Kolb (vs. NYG)


22.         Matt Hasselbeck (@ Cle)


23.         Sam Bradford (vs. Was)


24.         Chad Henne (@ SD)


25.         Matt Cassel (vs. Min)


26.         Donovan McNabb (@ KC)


27.         Colt McCoy (vs. Ten)


28.         Andy Dalton (vs. Buf)


29.         Tarvaris Jackson (vs. Atl)


30.         Kerry Collins/Curtis Painter (@ TB)


31.         Blaine Gabbert (vs. NO)


32.         Alex Smith (@ Phi)



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