Week 20
January 18, 2018
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Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?


Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.


01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting


Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.


01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


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

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


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

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


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

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


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

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


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

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


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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


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

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


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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com

Week 7 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 7 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 10/17/12

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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


 

 

QB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

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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