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 7 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 7 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 10/17/12

by   The Archer


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2012 Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs



Running Back Player Rankings – Week 7



Bye Week Teams

Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs,

Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers



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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Friday, Oct. 19 - 7:23PM CT)



Arian Foster - Pyro Character

1.           Arian Foster (vs. Bal) – Even though he didn’t get the yardage fantasy owners would have loved to see against the Packers, it didn’t really matter as Foster still put up two touchdowns in one of his worst performances in the last year and a half. He now has ten straight games with a TD and has scored in 16 of the last 17 with 22 TDs in that span. Foster’s prowess at home has been unbelievable throughout his career as he’s averaged 100.5 rushing yards and over a touchdown per game in 20 contests, so with the Ravens aging defensive players dropping like flies out there, I can’t see Arian putting up any worse than high-end RB1 numbers this week.

Darren McFadden - Pyro Character

2.           Darren McFadden (vs. Jax) – For all intents and purposes, Darren McFadden has been a royal disappointment to his millions of fantasy owners this year. I, myself, believed he had a chance to land in the top-5 fantasy RBs this season with the only thing that could possibly stop him being his normally injury-prone ways. He’s stayed healthy for the most part, though, but now it seems he can’t get used to the Raiders new zone-blocking scheme and his numbers have suffered because of it. This week will be his big chance to get back on the righteous fantasy track as he’ll face a Jacksonville defense that allows over 4.7 yards per carry and the third-most fantasy points to RBs in the league. The last time he faced this team was in 2010 where he proceeded to go off for 209 total yards (123 rushing) and three touchdowns (two rushing), numbers that are highly unlikely to be repeated but with a talent like Run DMC, you never know.

Maurice Jones-Drew - Pyro Character

3.           Maurice Jones-Drew (@ Oak) – The little fireplug isn’t having quite the fantasy year owners were hoping for when they took the chance on him in their drafts, but he’s still hovering around the top-10 in fantasy points per game and has a relatively favorable schedule against the run for the remainder of the season. The Jaguars offense is still timid enough to depend on Jones-Drew handling the ball a bunch, but his production has wavered a bit this season after having one of the most consistent fantasy seasons on record in 2011. This week should be more of a sure thing for him, however, as Oakland isn’t all that wonderful against the run. In his last game against McFadden and the Raiders, MJD put up 120 total yards (101 rushing) and a TD, numbers that should be repeated this Sunday.

Ray Rice - Pyro Character

4.           Ray Rice (@ Hou) – The Ravens are all of the sudden a completely different team without all-world MLB Ray Lewis and shutdown CB Lardarius Webb out there, which might actually play into Ray Rice’s hands. If I were on the Ravens coaching staff right now, I would vehemently suggest more of a ball-control offense from here on out as opposed to the up-tempo style they’ve been playing in order to keep the defense off the field. My guess is they’ll be thinking the same way, at least for this game against the Texans as they’ll want to keep the ball out of Arian Foster’s hands as much as possible if they want to win the game. Either way, Houston’s defense has been decimated as well, so Rice should be able to put up his normal RB1 numbers regardless of Baltimore’s defensive problems.

Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

5.           Trent Richardson (@ Ind) – It turns out Richardson is just fine and will play this weekend after a little scare last week against the Bengals when he got nailed in the ribs. Is it possible it pops up again in the middle of this next game? Sure, but not likely against weak Colts defense that allows 5.2 yards per carry to opposing RBs. Injury or not, the kid is a beast and will surely make his presence known in a game that actually could end up being one of the higher-scoring games of the week. Trent knows he needs to improve on his yards per carry (3.6 YPC) if he wants to be considered one of the elite backs and there’s no better place than in Indianapolis to do just that.

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

6.           Stevan Ridley (vs. NYJ) – Stevan Ridley has had a bit of an up-and-down season thus far putting up three fantasy stinkers and three fantasy gems thus far, but I believe he breaks the tie with a monster game this Sunday. With the Patriots passing all over the place last week and coming away with a fat L in the standings, you have to believe they’ll want to change it up a bit and start running the ball with authority again. Besides, the Jets rush D has been one of the worst in the league thus far, so why not give Brady a bit of a break (after putting up a career high in passing attempts last week) and get Ridley going again. Belichick knows you need a running game to win it all, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see The Riddler get 25 touches in this one.

Matt Forte - Pyro Character

7.           Matt Forte (vs. Det - Monday Night) – Coming off a bye, Forte is well rested and should be geared up to kick a little ass again right now with the division-rival Detroit Lions on the docket for Monday night. The strength of the Lions defense right now is obviously in their front four, as they’ve allowed just 3.4 yards per carry to running backs and only one rushing TD, but when it comes to these inter-division games, all stats go out the window. In his eight career games against the Lions, Forte has NEVER put up less than 12.4 non-PPR fantasy points and has four 100-yard rushing games, one 100-yard receiving game and seven total touchdowns. Basically, he really really likes playing these guys.

Adrian Peterson - Pyro Character

8.           Adrian Peterson (vs. Ari) – Peterson has had 20 or more touches in four straight games now and just put up his most total yards in a game last week with 129 (79 rushing, 50 receiving). He’s also been running with some serious ferocity lately and seems to be getting better and better every week. One of these games he’s going to break out and show the world that Purple Jesus has indeed risen again to lead his fantasy owners back into the Promised Land. This week he takes on an Arizona Cardinals team that’s been pretty stout against the run this season, but has been eaten up pretty badly the last couple of weeks against the Rams and Bills, so there’s no reason to think Peterson won’t be able to do the same.

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

9.           Alfred Morris (@ NYG) – Alfred Morris has been one of the biggest and nicest surprises of the season thus far and should continue his hard-nosed ways this week against the Giants. One of the things we’ve regularly preached here at Pyro is that it’s always nice to have a running back on fantasy team who happens to be in an offense with a running quarterback. QBs that can gather the attention of opposing linebackers and safeties leave open holes for RBs where there might not normally be. Morris has taken advantage of his situation very well so far and with New York giving up nearly 4.8 yards per carry, I see no reason to think he won’t be able to put up some nice fantasy numbers this week.

Fred Jackson - Pyro Character

10.       Fred Jackson (vs. Ten) – This matchup is just too sweet to pass up for a guy like Fred Jackson. C.J. Spiller will undoubtedly get his fair share of the workload, but if you notice, I also have C.J. ranked pretty high coming in at #13. Both of these guys will put up nice numbers this Sunday against a Tennessee Titans team that not only allows the fourth-most fantasy points per game to RBs this season, but in real life, have also allowed the most points scored against them coming in at 34 points allowed per game. Basically, there should be FIVE touchdowns out there for Buffalo Bills players to grab. Being the goal-line back, you really think Freddy-J isn’t coming down with at least one of ‘em?

Running Backs 11-50

11.       Doug Martin (vs. NO)

12.       Felix Jones (@ Car)

13.       C.J. Spiller (vs. Ten)

14.       Chris Johnson (@ Buf)

15.       Darren Sproles (@ TB)

16.       Alex Green (@ StL)

17.       Mikel Leshoure (@ Chi - Monday Night)

Ahmad Bradshaw - Pyro Character

18.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Was) – Bradshaw deserves to be in the top-10 and would probably be ranked there if not for his latest bout with a recurring foot issue. It’s actually no surprise to hear that Bradshaw is dealing with a foot problem again as the Giants coaching staff decided to give the kid 57 rushes (62 touches ) over the past two weeks, easily the most usage he’s seen throughout his six-year, injury-riddled career. That said, he DID kick some serious ass with those 57 carries putting up 316 yards and two TDs over the last two games (one of them against a beastly 49ers defense). Before you get him in your lineup, make sure to watch the news coming out of the Giants practices as he was only able to put in one limited session on Thursday.

19.       Marshawn Lynch (@ SF - Thursday Night) – 19 carries - 103 yards - 0 TDs; 1 rec - 13 yards - 0 TDs

20.       Steven Jackson (vs. GB)

21.       Frank Gore (vs. Sea - Thursday Night) – 16 carries - 131 yards - 0 TDs; 5 recs - 51 yards - 0 TDs

22.       Vick Ballard (vs. Cle)

23.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Pit - Sunday Night)

24.       William Powell (@ Min)

25.       Jonathan Stewart (vs. Dal)

26.       Jonathan Dwyer (@ Cin - Sunday Night)

27.       Ben Tate (vs. Bal)

28.       Michael Bush (vs. Det - Monday Night)

29.       Daryl Richardson (vs. GB)

30.       LeGarrette Blount (vs. NO)

31.       Shonn Greene (@ NE)

32.       Danny Woodhead (vs. NYJ)

33.       DeAngelo Williams (vs. Dal)

34.       Andre Brown (vs. Was)

35.       Phillip Tanner (@ Car)

36.       David Wilson (vs. Was)

37.       Pierre Thomas (@ TB)

38.       Joique Bell (@ Chi - Monday Night)

39.       Cedric Peerman (vs. Pit - Sunday Night)

40.       Mike Goodson (vs. Jax)

41.       LaRod Stephens-Howling (@ Min)

42.       Rashad Jennings (@ Oak)

43.       Kendall Hunter (vs. Sea - Thursday Night) – 9 carries - 31 yards - 0 TDs; 2 recs - 14 yards - 0 TDs

44.       Montario Hardesty (@ Ind)

45.       Baron Batch (@ Cin - Sunday Night)

46.       Bernard Pierce (@ Hou)

47.       Jaime Harper (@ Buf)

48.       Mark Ingram (@ TB)

49.       Shane Vereen (vs. NYJ)

50.       John Kuhn (@ StL)




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