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January 18, 2018
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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.


12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.


12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.


12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.


12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.


12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.


12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.


12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.


12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.


12/26/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.


12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 5 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Wide Receivers

Week 5 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Wide Receivers

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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 5

 

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

 

 

QB Rankings  RB Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

Wide Receivers                 (Updated:  Sunday, Oct. 7 - 11:23AM CT)

 

 

1.               A.J. Green (vs. Mia) – It doesn’t look like the man-child known as A.J. Green is going to stop his dominance anytime soon. After exploding for nine catches, 183 yards and a TD in Week 3, Green came back against the Jags last week to put up six catches for 117 yards and another touchdown. He’s on pace for 108 catches, 1,712 yards and 12 TDs, numbers that would rival Calvin Johnson’s insane 2011 season. This week, the Bengals take on a Miami defense that’s been pretty porous against the pass allowing at least one receiver to snag eight or more catches and/or 100 yards in three of the first four games, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see A.J. have another monster stat-line this Sunday.


2.               Roddy White (@ Was) – Roddy and Julio Jones are easily interchangeable within these two spots, but Roddy and Matt Ryan are clicking so well right now, I had to give the higher nod to Mr. White. The kid went absolutely ballistic in his inter-division matchup with the Panthers last weekend catching eight balls for 169 yards and two TDs, though it’s not unfamiliar territory for him as he tends to have games like that at least once or twice a year. Against the worst pass defense in the league this Sunday, I expect Roddy to have another fun-filled fantasy game as both he and Julio Jones have a shot to put up over 100 yards and a touchdown each. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb to say that the two Falcons receivers combine for three touchdowns and 250 yards this weekend.


3.               Victor Cruz (vs. Cle) – When Eli Manning makes it a point to get Victor Cruz the ball; the kid is as unstoppable as any receiver in the game. His propensity for the big play is up there with the best of them and will be on display once again against the CB Joe Haden-less Cleveland Browns. If Cruz can put up nine catches for 109 yards and a touchdown against a tough pass D like the Eagles, then he should have no problem besting or at least equaling them against one of the worst pass defenses in the league this weekend. The Browns have allowed the most TDs, second-most fantasy points and third-most yards to opposing wide receivers this season.


4.               Julio Jones (@ Was) – Julio certainly has his fantasy owners freaking out a bit right now after his one catch for 30 yards stinker last weekend, but rest assured, the best cure for a fantasy lull is exactly what Jones and the Falcons have on tap this Sunday; a league-worst Redskins pass D. Matt Ryan knows that if the Falcons are going to make a run at a Super Bowl title this season, he has to have his young, up-and-coming star receiver at full tilt by mid-season, so I expect him to throw at him quite a bit in this game. With the Redskins allowing by far the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season, Jones should be able to get back on track and ease his fantasy owners’ minds.


5.               Wes Welker (vs. Den) – The Patriots were under .500 for the first time since 2003 and needed a win pretty f’in badly, so what did Tom Brady and the rest of the team do? They went back to the basics of what made them a winning team in the past; offense, offense, offense…with a nice focus on getting the ball in Wes Welker’s hands. The Slot Machine now has 22 catches on 32 targets for 366 yards over the last three weeks while concerns about his role in the offense have all but disappeared. The Broncos have been average against the pass this season, but any game that features a Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning matchup can turn into an aerial display, and I believe this one will. Both teams have been pretty stout against the run allowing just 3.4 yards/carry each and three rushing TDs combined, so expect Welker to see his fair share of action this Sunday.


6.               Percy Harvin (vs. Ten) – The Detroit Lions came out to say a couple of days ago that their whole defensive scheme was set up to shut down Percy Harvin. You have to hand it to them as they did very well in accomplishing their goal, yet Percy STILL took back the opening kickoff for a touchdown on them…which unfortunately for fantasy owners were pretty much the only points he scored on the day. The good news is that with the Titans on tap this weekend, there’s absolutely ZERO chance something like that happens again. Not only is Tennessee terrible against the pass, but they can’t stop the run either so no matter how the Vikings plan on getting Percy the ball this weekend, he’s more than likely going to do something special with it. I’m expecting a real nice game here with at least eight catches, 120 total yards and a touchdown.


7.               Andre Johnson (@ NYJ - Monday Night) – At 31 years old and dogged by injuries the last couple of years, this isn’t the same Andre Johnson that we all came to know as one of the best wide receivers in the game over the last decade. Then again, this isn’t the same New York Jets secondary that was one of the league’s best year in, year out, either. Johnson is dealing with a minor groin issue as well but will be just fine and has no chance of missing this Monday night contest. Jets CB Darrelle Revis, however, is done for the season which will make Johnson’s ability to roam the secondary a lot easier. The Texans will likely run a ton in this one, but with Arian Foster’s backfield mate, Ben Tate, questionable to play with a toe injury, they may turn to the pass a little more than usual which should mean double-digit targets for ‘Dre. In the 21 games he’s received 10 or more targets since 2009; Johnson has put up less than 9.5 fantasy points just once.


8.               Demaryius Thomas (@ NE) – Demaryius Thomas’ fumble last week against the Raiders was potentially disastrous for fantasy owners, but lost touchdown aside, you can’t be TOO unhappy with a five-catch, 103-yard fantasy day. This week he’ll take on the Patriots in what should turn into a shootout real quick, seeing how both defenses have stifled their opponents running games rather well through four weeks of the season. You gotta love the little matchup stories inside this game with Brady vs. Manning, Welker vs. Decker and on the outside, Brandon Lloyd against Demaryius. I feel the only one the Broncos take in these fantasy showdowns is the Thomas against Lloyd matchup, but all six of these players should score very well for fantasy teams this Sunday. Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild one!


9.               Jordy Nelson (@ Ind) – So Nelson finally had a game worth writing home about, but was it simply because he was playing against a terrible Saints defense? Was it because Greg Jennings was in the game for a little while to draw attention away from him? Or was it because he and Aaron Rodgers are finally back on the same page? I’m going to say it was a mixture of all three, but luckily for Nelson and his fantasy owners, the Colts secondary isn’t much better than the Saints. However, Greg Jennings won’t be suiting up for at least this week, so Nelson may see an extra body on him from time to time. Still, Jordy should be able to come through with a couple of lengthy catches as the Colts are prone to giving up the big play. This COULD be the breakout game we’ve been waiting for from Nelson.


10.           Brandon Marshall (@ Jax) – If Matt Forte and Michael Bush were both completely healthy, I might have moved Marshall down a few spots. That said, they aren’t, so Cutler is going to have to throw the ball some like he did against the Cowboys last Monday night. The Jaguars rush defense is one of the worst in the game, but even though their pass D isn’t the Superman of Super Heroes, they aren’t half bad either. They do allow 255 passing yards a game, though, and seem to have a bit of a problem with bigger wide receivers, so if Brandon gets close to double-digit targets like he should, he could be in for a big game.



Wide Receivers 11-80


11.           Brandon Lloyd (vs. Den)


12.           Eric Decker (@ NE)


13.           Torrey Smith (@ KC)


14.           Reggie Wayne (vs. GB)


15.           Malcom Floyd (@ NO - Sunday Night)


16.           Larry Fitzgerald (@ StL - Thursday Night) – 8 catches - 92 yards - 0 TDs


17.           Pierre Garcon (vs. Atl)


18.           Marques Colston (vs. SD - Sunday Night)


19.           Antonio Brown (vs. Phi)


20.           Steve Smith (vs. Sea)


21.           Mike Wallace (vs. Phi)


22.           James Jones (@ Ind)


23.           Dwayne Bowe (vs. Bal)


24.           Nate Washington (@ Min)


25.           DeSean Jackson (@ Pit)


26.           Stevie Johnson (@ SF)


27.           Jeremy Maclin (@ Pit)


28.           Andrew Hawkins (vs. Mia)


29.           Michael Crabtree (vs. Buf)


30.           Danny Amendola (vs. Ari - Thursday Night) – 1 catch - 44 yards - 0 TDs


31.           Domenik Hixon (vs. Cle)


32.           Kendall Wright (@ Min)


33.           Donnie Avery (vs. GB)


34.           Greg Little (@ NYG)


35.           Anquan Boldin (@ KC)


36.           Davone Bess (@ Cin)


37.           Sidney Rice (@ Car)


38.           Brian Hartline (@ Cin)


39.           Armon Binns (vs. Mia)


40.           Robert Meachem (@ NO - Sunday Night)


41.           Golden Tate (@ Car)


42.           Jeremy Kerley (vs. Hou - Monday Night)


43.           Jerome Simpson (vs. Ten)


44.           Randall Cobb (@ Ind)


45.           Mario Manningham (vs. Buf)


46.           Andre Roberts (@ StL - Thursday Night) – 5 catches - 39 yards - 0 TDs / 1 carry - 3 yards - 0 TDs


47.           T.Y. Hilton (vs. GB)


48.           Brandon LaFell (vs. Sea)


49.           Leonard Hankerson (vs. Atl)


50.           Justin Blackmon (vs. Chi)


51.           Damian Williams (@ Min)


52.           Josh Gordon (@ NYG)


53.           Brandon Stokley (@ NE)


54.           Alshon Jeffery (@ Jax)


55.           Devery Henderson (vs. SD - Sunday Night)


56.           Donald Jones (@ SF)


57.           Jacoby Jones (@ KC)


58.           Chris Givens (vs. Ari - Thursday Night) – 1 catch - 51 yards - 1 TD


59.           T.J. Graham (@ SF)


60.           Eddie Royal (@ NO - Sunday Night)


61.           Jonathan Baldwin (vs. Bal)


62.           Emmanuel Sanders (vs. Phi)


63.           Brandon Gibson (vs. Ari - Thursday Night) – 3 catches - 33 yards - 0 TDs


64.           Kevin Walter (@ NYJ - Monday Night)


65.           Rueben Randle (vs. Cle)


66.           Joseph Morgan (vs. SD - Sunday Night)


67.           Michael Floyd (@ StL - Thursday Night) – 1 catch - 17 yards - 0 TDs


68.           Brian Quick (vs. Ari - Thursday Night) – 0 catches - 0 yards - 0 TDs


69.           Chaz Schilens (vs. Hou - Monday Night)


70.           Dexter McCluster (vs. Bal)


71.           Santana Moss (vs. Atl)


72.           Keshawn Martin (@ NYJ - Monday Night)


73.           Randy Moss (vs. Buf)


74.           Harry Douglas (@ Was)


75.           Devin Hester (@ Jax)


76.           Cecil Shorts (vs. Chi)


77.           Josh Morgan (vs. Atl)


78.           Doug Baldwin (@ Car)


79.           Donald Driver (@ Ind)


80.           Damaris Johnson (@ Pit)

 

 

 

INJURIES

  • Greg Jennings (@ Ind) – OUT – Groin; could miss a couple of weeks
  • Hakeem Nicks (@ Phi - Sunday Night) – OUT – Knee/Foot; the swelling in the knee is down and the foot isn’t too bad anymore. Could be back in Week 6
  • Kenny Britt (@ Min) – QUESTIONABLE – Ankle; missed practice all week, but could be back for the Titans Thursday night game in Week 6
  • Lance Moore (vs. SD - Sunday Night) – OUT – Hamstring; missed practice all week but has a Bye in Week 6 to rest it up
  • Ramses Barden (vs. Cle) – OUT - Concussion
  • Julian Edelman (vs. Den) – OUT – Hand; the Patriots haven’t said anything but it looks like it could be broken
  • Laurent Robinson (vs. Chi) – OUT – Concussion
  • Stephen Hill (vs. Hou - Monday Night) – DOUBTFUL - Hamstring
  • Mohamed Massaquoi / Travis Benjamin (@ NYG) – BOTH DOUBTFUL – Hamstring / Hamstring

 

 

 

 

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