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 5 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 5 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 10/04/12

by   The Archer


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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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