Week 20
January 19, 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 - Player Rankings

Week 5 - Player Rankings

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 10/04/11

by   The Archer


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QB Player Rankings – Week 5


(BYE:  Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Washington)



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1.       Aaron Rodgers (@ Atl) – Along with Tom Brady, Rodgers is as close to a sure thing in fantasy as there is these days. It doesn’t matter who the Packers face, Aaron “it out” simply gets it done. Including the playoffs, Rodgers faced Atlanta twice last season and averaged 355 yards, two passing TDs and one rushing TD against them. With the Green Bay QB hitting his stride and the Falcons being in the bottom third of the league in allowing QB fantasy points this year, I just don’t see how he doesn’t have a monster game this Sunday night.


2.       Michael Vick (@ Buf) – This is exactly the type of game fantasy owners have been waiting for. Going up against a Buffalo defense that has given up the world to opposing QBs is just what Vick needs to open up his vast arsenal of unique talents. What’s even better is that the Bills offense has become a scoring machine as well, thus forcing opposing offenses to continue scoring all day long. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Vick throw for 300 yards, rush for 100, and have four total TDs against a Bills D that has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to QBs this season.


3.       Cam Newton (vs. NO) – I can’t believe I am ranking a rookie QB in the top five this week, but Newton has proven to be a gamer and is without question one of the best athletes ever to work under center in this league. I truly thought the Bears would be able to contain him with their speed and Cover-2 defensive scheme, but clearly, I was wrong. I’ve underestimated his ability up until this point but I will not do so again. New Orleans has allowed a lot of fantasy action to opposing QBs this year and in a game where Carolina will likely be playing catch-up ball, Newton has the potential to do some serious damage.


4.       Tom Brady (vs. NYJ) – Brady has averaged 275 yards and 1.75 TDs against the Jets in their last four regular season contests, numbers that would be nice for most QBs in the league. However, Brady is not like most QBs as he just passed the legendary Joe Montana for career touchdown passes with his 274th last weekend. The Jets, however, are as stingy as they come against the pass allowing the least amount of fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Look for the Pats to mix it up all game long by taking advantage of a surprisingly weak New York rush D instead of unleashing the Stetson Man on them. He’ll be fine fantasy-wise, but I’m not expecting one of his monster outputs here.


5.       Matthew Stafford (vs. Chi) – Stafford has quickly become one of the more lethal fantasy QBs in the game this season and should continue his onslaught against a weak Bears secondary this Monday night. All-World WR Calvin Johnson is basically unguardable, but even if the Bears try to take him out with double- or triple-teams, Detroit has so many other weapons for Staff to throw to in Nate Burleson, Jahvid Best, Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew that his stats shouldn’t take a hit. I expect the Lions to try to put their stamp on the NFC North this Monday night, an effort which should mean a whole lot of fantasy stats for Stafford.


6.       Drew Brees (@ Car) – At first glance, this may look like an easy game for Brees to pile on the fantasy numbers for your team, but it’s not. In fact, though Brees has averaged 258 yards a game against Carolina during his career, he’s only thrown for 12 TDs in those 10 games. Opposing teams have thrown the ball the least amount of times against the Panthers this season because frankly, their rush D is a sieve, and the Saints will be no different. Brees may come away with some decent stats, but not enough to rank him in the top five.


7.       Philip Rivers (@ Den) – Rivers averaged 273 yards and two TDs against the Broncos last season, numbers he should be able to at least equal this Sunday against a Denver pass D that has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Antonio Gates will likely sit out again so Rivers’ fantasy potential is a bit capped, but I expect QB1 numbers this Sunday nonetheless.


8.       Mark Sanchez (@ NE) – Supposedly Coach Ryan wants to go back to the “ground-and-pound” approach for the rest of the season, but I’m guessing that strategy will stay shelved for at least one more week. The Patriots can score in a super-duper hurry and if the Jets fail to keep up with them for even one series, Ryan and Sanchez will abandon the run game in a New York minute. The Patriots haven’t allowed less than 344 yards passing to a QB yet this year, so look for Dirty Mark to have a nice comeback fantasy game this week.


9.       Matt Ryan (vs. GB) – Green Bay’s pass D has been awful this season allowing the second most passing yards per game along with the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. However, they did seem to have Ryan’s number last year as Matty Ice averaged just 192 yards and one TD against them in their two meetings (playoffs included). Again, though, that was last season. 2011 is a whole new ballgame as Julio Jones seems to be everything he was billed to be while Tony G. is tearing up the league in what could be his swan song. I expect a shootout here, especially on the main stage of Sunday Night Football.


10.     Eli Manning (vs. Sea) – Eli has some serious weapons out there to toss the ball around to now with Nicks being Nicks, Manningham healthy and Victor Cruz living up to his 2010 preseason freak show. Seattle’s defense is a lot better than some thought it would be, but Manning will be able to carve them up for some good fantasy numbers… at least until the Giants get up by enough to run the clock out with Bradshaw and Jacobs. Expect a really nice stat line, but nothing spectacular.


11.     Kevin Kolb (@ Min) – I’m going to say it again: What I like most about Kolb as a fantasy player this year is not his own ability as a QB or the option to throw it to Larry Fitzgerald every play if he wants, but rather the lack of ability shown on the Cardinals defensive side of the ball. Arizona will need to pass the ball quite a bit to get back into games, which is of course nice for Kolb and the rest of his fantasy receivers. Even better for this game in particular is that ‘Zona will find themselves having trouble running the ball against the Vikings front seven and need to pass to move the chains. Kolb could end up as a nice sleeper this Sunday.


12.     Josh Freeman (@ SF) – Freeman did a little better than I expected last Monday night throwing for 287 yards and one TD while adding in his second career rushing touchdown. That being said, he’s still one of the more vanilla QBs in the league and I simply can’t trust him to put up fantasy points on a weekly basis. Last year Freeman tossed up two TDs against the 49ers but evened it out by only throwing for 136 yards. However, I’m tentatively expecting a decent game this Sunday as the ‘Niners pass D is terrible and the Bucs won’t be able to run against their rush D at all.


13.     Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Phi) – After last week’s lame-duck effort against the Cincinnati Jailbungles, I find myself back in the un-sold department on Fitzpatrick. Ivy League Ryan may have been able to pick apart bottom-feeder pass Ds like the Chiefs, Raiders and Patriots, but the Eagles might have more talent in their secondary than those three teams combined. Still, Philly’s “Dream Team” hasn’t quite gelled yet and has allowed the most passing TDs in the league against them thus far, so there’s still some fantasy hope here for Fitz and crew.


14.     Jay Cutler (@ Det) – The Bears kept true to their word and got back to the ground game last week against the Panthers, but Cutler will have to pass the ball in this one. Detroit is a completely different team than what Chicago is used to facing lately and they may find themselves down a couple scores early on Monday night. If so, look for OC Mike Martz to pull the same old crap and abandon the run-game for his “greatest show on turf” playbook. Cutler has always done well against the Lions, so there’s definitely some upside potential here.


15.     Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Ten) – Roethlisberger may be hobbled, but it’s not like he hasn’t played with injuries before, so I’m not so worried about that. The troubling thing is that the Titans have crept into the top tier of NFL defenses and hold opposing QBs to the fifth least amount of fantasy points per game. Still, there’s potential for a good game here as the Steelers may be forced to pass a bit more with possibly Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore sidelined.


16.     Donovan McNabb (vs. Ari) – I said last week that if McNasty couldn’t do anything against a depleted Kansas City pass D, I wouldn’t suggest taking him off your bench for the remainder of the season. Well, he did toss up two TDs, which was nice, but only managed to eke out 202 yards in the process. I’m going to have to call it a wash and give Donovan one last chance to prove himself against an even worse Arizona pass defense. Don’t play him unless you absolutely have to, of course, but he might surprise a bit this weekend.


17.     Matt Schaub (vs. Oak) – Schaub is a talented QB, but not so much that he’ll be able to overcome the loss of Andre Johnson. With Arian Foster back, however, he may not need to. The Raiders have given up the fourth most rushing yards per game this year and allow a mind-boggling 5.9 yards/carry. Foster will go nuts in this one and while I don’t see Schaub hitting even the 200-yard mark on Sunday, I tentatively expect him to use the play-action pass in the red-zone for a couple of short TDs.


18.     Kyle Orton (vs. SD) – It looks like Orton will get at least one more shot to turn the Broncos season around, but I just don’t see it happening. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get pulled at some point in the second half if he throws a couple of interceptions and/or Denver goes down by a bunch. Still, from a fantasy perspective, Kyle is averaging 236 yards and two TDs a game thus far, good for 15th overall in the QB rankings. It wouldn’t be a shock to see those same numbers from him come Sunday.


19.     Matt Hasselbeck (@ Pit) – Hasselbeck has turned in a top-10 fantasy performance thus far and been an all-around great fit for this Titans team, but without playmaking WR Kenny Britt against the top-ranked pass defense in the league, you’d be better off looking elsewhere in Week 5.


20.     Jason Campbell (@ Hou) – Campbell did as well as I expected last week against the Patriots tossing up 344 yards and a touchdown, but it won’t last. Not against a Houston defense that will put pressure on Jason all day long and force him into making mistakes. With Denarius Moore looking awesome, a healthy Jacoby Ford and an improved Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Raiders receivers will at least give Campbell a shot at some success, but Oakland’s game-plan will more than likely be run-based with McFadden playing like a man possessed and the Texans being a little easier to run against than pass.


21.     Matt Cassel (@ Ind) – Without even a remote threat of a running game, you can bet Indy will be playing the pass pretty hard in this one. That being said, they aren’t very good in that area so Cassel should be able to go for about 200 yards and a TD against them. If that floats your boat, go ahead and start him. 


22.     Andy Dalton (@ Jax) – Dalton has looked pretty darn good for a rookie QB, but he won’t become a fantasy starter at any point this season unless ten other starting quarterbacks around the league get injured. Jacksonville starter Blaine Gabbert may have been taken a round ahead of Dalton in the 2011 NFL Draft, but Andy will win this baby-battle simply because the weapons around him are better. Just don’t start him on your fantasy team because of it.


23.     Alex Smith (vs. TB) – The former 2005 first overall draft pick had a surprisingly nice game against the Eagles last week, but the words “start”, “Alex” and “Smith” just don’t look right together to me. Alex is normally right on the edge of being playable in leagues where you can start two QBs and I’d have to say, that’s right about where he lands again this week against a mediocre Tampa pass defense. 


24.     Tarvaris Jackson (@ NYG) – Nice work, Tarvaris! I think you may have actually fooled some fantasy players with that 300-yard, three-TD performance last weekend! Not me, however. I know about Atlanta’s defense and how they can let guys who have no business doing well put up All Pro numbers against them; or how they haven’t had a single sack since Week One against the Bears league-worst offensive line. The Giants won’t let that happen. They’ll bring the kitchen sink at you and force you to make the mistakes you normally make. I’m not biting on your first career 300-yard game (actually, it was his first 250-yard game in 38 career games!).


25.     Curtis Painter (vs. KC) – If it weren’t for the playmaking ability of Mr. Pierre Garcon, Painter would have put up his normal awful numbers last Monday night against the Buccaneers. Maybe throwing his first career TD pass jump-starts a Hall-of-Fame career for young shaggy-haired Curtis… or, maybe not.


26.     Blaine Gabbert (vs. Cin) – If you really have to start Gabbert on your fantasy team, you should think seriously about another pastime… like crochet. It’ll be fun to watch the competitive spirit emanating from the rookie QB head-to-head matchup, but it might also be downright scary at times.




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