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December 16, 2017
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Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It


The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.


12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action


Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.


12/15/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's


Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).


12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!


Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.


12/15/17, 05:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear


Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.


12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.


12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.


12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.


12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.


12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.


12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 5 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 5 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

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Running Back Player Rankings – Week 5

 

(BYE:  Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)


 

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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Sunday, Oct. 7 - 11:19AM CT)

 

 

1.           Arian Foster (@ NYJ - Monday Night) – It doesn’t matter who Foster plays at this point with him scoring a touchdown becoming almost a foregone conclusion each week. He’s failed to take the ball into the endzone just once in his last 15 games (including playoffs) racking up 19 total TDs during the streak. This Monday night he’ll take on a Jets team that has allowed the most rushing TDs by running backs this season as well as the fifth-most fantasy points. With New York being in complete disarray right now, Houston should be able to jump out to a nice lead early and seal the deal with Foster over the last couple of quarters.


2.           Marshawn Lynch (@ Car) – Marshawn Lynch is still right behind Arian Foster in touches this season averaging a smidge under 25 a game. He also leads the league in rushing right now with 423 yards and though the TDs haven’t quite stayed at the level they were last season, that should change this week against Carolina. I said it last week and I’ll say it again—the Panthers defense simply CANNOT TACKLE, except for maybe rookie LB Luke Kuechly. Seattle at Carolina doesn’t normally stand out as a game to turn on over the weekend, but watching what Beast Mode does to this Panthers defense on Sunday might be worth a gander.


3.           Adrian Peterson (vs. Ten) – Peterson has proven that he can take on a full load each week racking up an average of over 22 touches a game through the first quarter of the season. I highly doubt anyone actually predicted this level of usage before the season began, but fantasy owners sure are happy they took the chance on him in their drafts. This week Purple Jesus takes on a Tennessee defense that is one of the worst in the league in all aspects of the game. It may take about 20 or so carries to break through against them, but being at home, I expect the Vikings to feed AP all day so he should hit that number. Over his career playing at home, Peterson has AVERAGED over 100 rushing yards per game and exactly one TD, so to expect any less would be uncivilized.


4.           Ray Rice (@ KC) – Now that Rice has finally gotten some rest after playing in four games over the first 18 days of the season, I expect he’ll return to his normal form. Kansas City has allowed some good yardage to running backs this season both on the ground and through the air, especially to the shiftier ones like Rice. The Ravens new up-tempo offense might not get the ball in Ray’s hands as much as it was last year, but they’d do well to do so in this one. I’d be very surprised if Rice didn’t touch the ball 25 times this Sunday after the Ravens get out to a nice early lead and with play like that, he should be good for a 20-point day.


5.           Reggie Bush (@ Cin) – Bush played through a lot of pain last weekend at Arizona so you have to give him credit for sucking it up and getting out on the field when he was needed. This week he’ll have a lot easier of a time running the ball against an inferior Bengals rush D than he did last week and is set up for some really nice stats. The Bengals have allowed more than five yards/carry to running backs thus far while Reggie dons a 5.6 YPC so far himself (5.1 YPC in 2011). The Bengals have ALSO allowed the second-most yards receiving to RBs this season which is obviously another big strength to Bush’s game. Add it all up and it looks like the Dolphins RB should end up with top-5 fantasy stats this week.


6.           Trent Richardson (@ NYG) – Richardson hasn’t put up the rushing yardage his fantasy owners were all hoping for yet, but if you ever watched him play back at Alabama, you’ll recall what a monstrous touchdown machine he was. Luckily for his owners, that part of his game DID transfer over to the NFL as he’s currently tied for second in the league with four total TDs (Arian Foster; 5). On paper, the Giants don’t look so bad defending the run until you look a little closer and see that they’ve allowed two 100-yard rushers thus far and rookie Doug Martin’s lone touchdown of the season. Trent’s going to be used plenty this Sunday both in and out of the backfield and after putting up over 100 total yards and a TD against Baltimore last week, you know he has a ton of confidence to ride upon. 


7.           Ryan Mathews (@ NO - Sunday Night) – So I understand the point most people are talking about in that the Chargers were in some way trying to send a message to Mathews concerning his fumbling problem. However, I have two other explanations that can, in part, decipher the reasoning behind starting Jackie Battle and giving him 19 touches to Mathews 16. First off, there is a widespread thought throughout the sporting world that when a player goes up against a former team of his (as the Chiefs are for Battle), the player will somehow rise above his normal level in an effort to show his formal team what they’re missing. In that sense, Jackie did pretty well scoring two touchdowns in the contest. Second, through the first two seasons of his career, Mathews did extremely well as part of a tandem. Considering his recent return from a broken collarbone, Norv Turner must have figured it was a good idea to go back to that and see how it worked out. In that sense, it also worked out with Mathews putting up 82 total yards on his 16 touches. With all that said, the Chargers have to realize that if they want to make some serious noise in the playoffs this season, the better/more talented/more explosive back (Mathews) will have to be more involved in their offense. Besides all of this, whenever a fantasy RB needs a little pick-me-up, the best thing for him is to go up against a Swiss cheese defense to get him going again. The Saints did it for Jamaal Charles two weeks ago and should do it again for Mathews this weekend. 


8.           Jamaal Charles (vs. Bal) – Charles had another nice game for the Chiefs last weekend totaling 115 yards (92 rushing) and two touchdowns in their loss to the Chargers. You can tell he has his confidence back now as well as he’s hitting holes hard without dancing too much and not shying away from contact. With his blazing speed and overall skill-set, the sky’s the limit for The Ostrich. Right now he sits eight yards behind Marshawn Lynch for the league lead in rushing yards with 415 and will have every opportunity to add to his total with Peyton Hillis looking to be out again this weekend. Baltimore is still a hard-nosed defense, but they’ve slowed down a bit as well and are only in the middle of the pack as far as fantasy points allowed are concerned. If the Chiefs are smart and give him 20 or so touches, Charles can do some real damage in this one.


9.           LeSean McCoy (@ Pit) – It looks like McCoy is starting to get into the flow of the offense again now after his 140 total yards (123 rushing) effort last weekend. The TDs aren’t flowing the way they did last season, but they’ll start to come here soon. Maybe not this weekend against a Steelers team that should have both LB James Harrison and S Troy Polamalu back in the lineup, but with their pass D as good as it is, I expect the Eagles to feed McCoy the ball as much as possible this game.


10.       Matt Forte (@ Jax) – Forte has the skills to be one of the best all-around backs in the NFL, but he needs to be healthy so he can get enough touches to do so. Forte returned from his sprained ankle earlier than expected last Monday night and got 14 touches (13 carries) despite rolling his ankle on the first play of the game. Forte, however, must be just fine if he was able to play the rest of the game, so I’m not too worried about his playing time this Sunday. Jacksonville has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points and the third most rushing yards to RBs so far this season, so look for Forte to have a real nice all-around game and possibly break off a TD run of over 20 yards.



Running Backs 11-50


11.       Frank Gore (vs. Buf)


12.       Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. Chi)


13.       Ryan Williams (@ StL - Thursday Night) – 14 carries - 33 yards - 0 TDs / 1 reception - 5 yards - 0 TDs


14.       Stevan Ridley (vs. Den)


15.       Willis McGahee (@ NE)


16.       Alfred Morris (vs. Atl)


17.       Darren Sproles (vs. SD - Sunday Night)


18.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Cle)


19.       Michael Turner (@ Was)


20.       Steven Jackson (vs. Ari - Thursday Night) 18 carries - 76 yards - 0 TDs / 0 receptions - 0 yards - 0 TDs


21.       Cedric Benson (@ Ind) 


22.       Jackie Battle (@ NO - Sunday Night)


23.       Chris Johnson (@ Min)


24.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Mia)


25.       Fred Jackson (@ SF)


26.       Jonathan Stewart (vs. Sea)


27.       C.J. Spiller (@ SF)


28.       Michael Bush (@ Jax)


29.       Kendall Hunter (vs. Buf)


30.       DeAngelo Williams (vs. Sea)


31.       Jacquizz Rodgers (@ Was)


32.       Pierre Thomas (vs. SD - Sunday Night)


33.       Andre Brown (vs. Cle)


34.       Rashard Mendenhall (vs. Phi)


35.       Ronnie Hillman (@ NE)


36.       Donald Brown (vs. GB)


37.       Brandon Bolden (vs. Den)


38.       Danny Woodhead (vs. Den)


39.       Bilal Powell (vs. Hou - Monday Night)


40.       Daniel Thomas (@ Cin)


41.       Shonn Greene (vs. Hou - Monday Night)


42.       Mark Ingram (vs. SD - Sunday Night)


43.       Daryl Richardson (vs. Ari - Thursday Night) – 9 carries - 35 yards - 0 TDs / 0 receptions - 0 yards - 0 TDs


44.       Justin Forsett (@ NYJ - Monday Night)


45.       Robert Turbin (@ Car)


46.       Brandon Jacobs (vs. Buf)


47.       Isaac Redman (vs. Phi)


48.       Evan Royster (vs. Atl)


49.       Bernard Pierce (@ KC)


50.       Lamar Miller (@ Cin)

 

 

 

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