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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 - QB Player Rankings

Week 4 - QB Player Rankings

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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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