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Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Jones to Compete for WR2

Zay Jones' and his 399 college reception record could make an immediate impact as he performed favorable to Sterling Shepard in college.

Fantasy Goo: Jones' is many fantasy analysts favorite among rookie WRs in 2017. With the 167 vacated targets among Woods, Goodwin and Hunter, Zay has upside as a fantasy WR3.

07/21/17, 12:35 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Will Tye

New York Giants

Coughlin May Bring Giants to JAX

The Giants have reportedly started shopping Will Tye and Tom Coughlin may be a suitor. If Tye is traded it would convey their plans to use Engram could be immediate.

Fantasy Goo: Although rookie TE's have historically lacked production, Engram is more of a big slot WR. If they move Tye Engram will likely split time in teh slot with Sterling Shepard and could be worth a late round flier after we saw Shepard score 8 TDs in the same position.

07/21/17, 12:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Geronimo Allison

Green Bay Packers

Geronimo Suspended For Opener

Geronimo Allison is suspended for Week 1 due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Goo: It is worth noting that Geronimo put up 4 catches for 91 yards and a score Week 17 when Jordy was being shadowed by Darrius Slay. He could be nice DFS play in games Jordy gets shadowed and Cobb or Adams are inactive.

07/21/17, 12:14 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Braxton Miller

Houston Texans

Braxton A Breakout WR?

QB Guru George Whitfield thinks Braxton Miller could take a dramatic step forward as a WR

Fantasy Goo: September 7, 2015. That was when Braxton took a direct snap, scrambled left and then put a spin move on the Virginia Tech defense that froze in time and broke Twitter. Miller was an all around stud in college and has Julian Edelman type potential. He could be worth a very late round pick, but keep him on your radar.

07/21/17, 11:25 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley Could See More Targets in 2017

Sean McVay recently went on ESPN LA and talked about Jared Goff's development and how the Rams are looking to get Gurley more work in the passing game.

Fantasy Goo: Not known for his receiving skills, despite Dunbar coming to the Rams in the offseason, Sean McVay will travel by air to get Gurley into open space. McVay know's the O-Line is a work in progress, but Gurley is an animal in the open field.

07/21/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bellcow To Play On Franchise Tag

Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down the Steelers 5 year contract that averaged 12 million per year. That number is 50% higher than the next highest paid RB, LeSean McCoy.

Fantasy Goo: This was a ballsy move by Bell, he has stated that he wants to reset the RB market. Adrian Peterson's 2012 was one of the largest RB contracts as he amassed $20.1 million on his base + incentives. Le'Veon Bell is now the #1 player to have in 2017 playing on a contact year under the Franchise tag.

07/21/17, 10:08 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Dan Orlovsky

Detroit Lions

Rams Add Veteran QB

The Rams veteran journeyman Dan Orlovsky to backup their promising young QB Jared Goff. Orlovsky is rejoining his OC from his 2005 season in Detroit.

Fantasy Goo: Orlovsky's last effective game was in 2015 when he threw for 191 yards with a TD and an interception. Even if Goff goes down for an extended period of time Orlovsky has never shown the ability to have a fantasy presence.

07/21/17, 09:59 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Carlos Henderson Impresses in Broncos OTA’s

"Carlos is a great route-runner," fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said during OTAs. "He keeps his arms running through the cuts. I’ve been watching film on him and just seeing how he is. He is a technique guy."

Fantasy Goo: This offense has been missing the short-game middle of the field presence in the passing game from a TE or slot receiver. It’s hard to say how many opportunities are there with the QB situation the way it is and two premier receivers on the outside, but this report sounds like they are looking to create opportunities for him, even if it’s on special teams. His metrics profile compares best to Stealing Sheppard.

07/20/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Re-sign RB Chris Johnson to One-year Contract

This is the perfect situation for everyone involved. Johnson obviously knows the offense, the Cardinals have a solid back-up and can bring their rookie along slowly. Ellington has moved to WR and Kerwynn Williams is comfortable with the offense, but certainly not a solid No.2.

Fantasy Goo:
It doesn’t move the needle for anyone’s value, David Johnson is still the number one or two overall pick and there was no “handcuff” on the radar to begin with. In the four games Chris Johnson was active last year he only did more than spell David in one game, when Arizona crushed Tennessee 40-7.

07/20/17, 04:11 PM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers First Round Pick Might Need Surgery

Reports on Mike Williams are mixed on whether he’ll need surgery or not for the herniated disk in his back, either way it seems unlikely that he will have anything to contribute this year. It seems like Schefter and Rapoport are having a little pissing contest as to whether Williams will actually need surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Draft Tyrell Williams as your WR3, he’s going after the 10th round right now, but that won’t happen for much longer. Keep Dontrell Inman on your radar, he could be a late round flyer in PPR leagues, with Allen out last year Inman finished with more PPR points than Ginn, Cobb and DeVante Parker.

07/20/17, 03:24 PM CDT by Wheeler


Gary Barnidge

Cleveland Browns

Jaguars Meet With Barnidge

“Barnidge was released by Cleveland following this year's NFL Draft. The Browns used a first-round pick on Miami tight end David Njoku, who is set to take on Barnidge's playing time. If the Jaguars were to sign Barnidge, it would be a homecoming for the veteran tight end.”

Fantasy Goo: This means nothing, Barnidge will not have a repeat of his 2015 season. Barnidge is a solid blocking TE that had a spectacular year when there were no other options in the offense. The Jaguars aren’t very adept at using the TE either, Julius Thomas did next to nothing in his two years with the team.

07/20/17, 03:21 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else

When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.

07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend

Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.

07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins

Deadline Set for Miami to Re-Sign Landry

Landry will not negotiate his contract after the season begins. I’m not so sure Landry is in Miami’s future plans. They surely won’t franchise him for $18 million next year and they just gave Kenny Stills a nice contract.

Fantasy Goo:I believe Miami has high hopes for DeVante Parker becoming the wide receiver one they drafted him to be. That may be a tall task with Tannehill running the show, but Parker appears to be far more committed to improving this year.

07/15/17, 08:55 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers Backfield Community

Reports out of SF say that Hyde has to earn the starting job. SF drafted two running backs and signed several free agents in the off-season including Tim Hightower and Kyle Juszczyk. If Hyde stays healthy there’s little doubt he earns the job, but he’s in the last year of his contract so if SF has their expected slow start I expect them to turn to their other options quickly.

Fantasy Goo: There are also reports that Hyde doesn’t fit into the Shanahan system well, he’s a tremendous athlete, but this is the time of year to pay attention to the negative information when we usually see nothing but fluff.

07/15/17, 08:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Virgil Green

Denver Broncos

Denver Tight End Job Up for Grabs

The team did select tight end Jake Butt in the 2017 NFL draft, but a knee injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game may keep the talented rookie out of action for this entire season.

Fantasy Goo: Virgil Green is a blocker and AJ Derby is a natural athlete that converted to TE from QB, they believe he can be used in many ways and McCoy’s offense can use a third pass-catcher. Derby isn’t worth drafting, but we may want to keep an eye on him.

07/15/17, 08:42 AM CDT by Wheeler


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Denver Receivers Excited for New Offense

“We’ve got this new offense with Mike McCoy. We’re going to be throwing the ball around so my conditioning has to be up and I’ve been working on that.’’
Sanders is working on a healthier lifestyle and getting ready for a high paced offense. Thomas is just happy to get his favorite play back in the rotation (WR screen).

Fantasy Goo: Thomas’ ADP is rising to the second round, while Sanders’ is hanging around in the late fifth. If you miss on Thomas keep an eye on Sanders slipping to you. While we’re not sure who the QB will be, these two should be just fine where they are being drafted.

07/15/17, 08:37 AM CDT by Wheeler


Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McNichols Working on Pass Catching Skills

Jeremy McNichols has been working with the Bucs wide receivers. He's going basically undrafted, McNichols may be worth a late round flyer if you’re in a FFPC (28 round) draft, but we have to see what happens in camp before we can judge this one.

Fantasy Goo: Doug Martin’s ADP has risen to the point where he’s getting way too expensive. If he’s hanging around in the ninth or tenth he might be worth a shot, but there are probably better options to choose from before that point.

07/15/17, 08:30 AM CDT by Wheeler


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Opportunities in Colts Backfield

“As long as I’m healthy and my guys up front get me the opportunities, I’m going to be successful,’’ Gore said.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski remains squarely in Gore’s corner, but there figures to be more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. “You can go a lot of different directions in that you can feature more things or different things with different people,’’ he said. “Some of that will be personnel-driven.’’

Fantasy Goo: With no improvements to the O-line, Robert Turbin showing life in camp, and Marlon Mack being drafted, I don’t see how Gore improves on last year’s total. He keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny, but I think that cliff is close. I’ve been high on him every year until now.

07/15/17, 08:25 AM CDT by Wheeler


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron to see more red-zone targets?

Ebron’s ADP has risen 2-3 rounds, depending on your scoring, in the past two months. Everyone seems to think that Ebron will see more red-zone looks this year with Boldin’s 22 RZ targets leaving town. He has a very safe floor so there’s no real downside to drafting him in the eighth round or later.

Fantasy Goo: I’m going to keep an eye on Boldin as well, he hasn’t signed with another team yet, and he’s not finished playing. Detroit is still on the list of places he could end up.

07/15/17, 08:06 AM CDT by Wheeler


Week 5 - Player Rankings

Week 5 - Player Rankings

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 10/04/11

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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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