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 - 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)



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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)





  • 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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