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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

Week 9 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 9 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

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Running Back Player Rankings – Week 9

 

 

Bye Week Teams


New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams

 

 

 

QB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

Running Backs                 (Updated:  Friday, Nov. 2 - 5:17PM CT)

 

Arian Foster - Pyro Character

1.           Arian Foster (vs. Buf) – With fresh legs coming out of a bye, Arian Foster owners couldn’t have asked for a dreamier fantasy matchup than this one. Just prior to the break, Foster was slowing down a bit averaging just 19 touches a game over the last two weeks. Now that he’s ready for the stretch run, I expect his usage to be back up closer to the 28.4 touches he was averaging through the first five games. What Foster will be able to do with 30 touches against this Bills defense, only the fantasy gods know. Through the halfway point of the season, not only do the Bills allow the most fantasy points per game to running backs, but they’ve also allowed the most rushing touchdowns (13), most rushing yards per game (176.9) and most yards per carry (6.0). With Foster putting up at least one touchdown in every game this season and 10 total on the year, don’t be surprised to see that number rise to 13… maybe even 14 by the end of this game.


LeSean McCoy - Pyro Character

2.           LeSean McCoy (at NO, Monday night) – If Arian Foster is sitting pretty with the dream matchup of the week, then Shady McCoy is at least sleeping in the bunk-bed below him. We all know LeSean hasn’t been the fantasy stud he was drafted to be this year, but on Monday night against the New Orleans Saints; owners will finally see the running back they were hoping for. Every main ball-carrier New Orleans has faced this year scored at least one touchdown against them—except for the Packers’ Cedric Benson, that is, and the only reason he didn’t was because Rodgers decided to keep all four touchdowns to himself. McCoy should see at least 25 touches in this game for a couple of reasons. First, if Michael Vick wants to win this game and keep his job, he’ll have to stop turning the ball over and get it into his best player’s hands. Second—and I hope the Eagles coaching staff knows this—is because in each of the Eagles three wins, McCoy got 25-plus touches in the game and in each of their three losses, he didn’t. Plain and simple. Two TDs and 175 total yards could be in order here.


Ray Rice - Pyro Character

3.           Ray Rice (at Cle) – The Ravens are a completely different team with their defense as banged up as it is, 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 were playing so they can keep their weakened defense off the field and from what I’ve read recently, it looks like they agree. Rice didn’t have the greatest game against the Browns earlier this season, but he normally loves playing them as he’s averaged nearly 100 rushing yards in nine career games against them, including his only 200-yard rushing performance just last year in Cleveland. If Baltimore can get him around 25 touches this week like they should, look for Rice to put up some of his best fantasy stats on the season.


Ryan Mathews - Pyro Character

4.           Ryan Mathews (vs. KC, Thursday night) – This fumbling problem of his simply won’t go away, but at least the Chargers aren’t messing around and taking him out of their lineup anymore as they’ve come out to admit that they need Ryan Mathews to be successful in order for their team to be successful. The guy is simply the most athletic player on the team and needs to have the ball in his hands to make things happen, which is why they’ve given him 26 touches in each of the last two games. The Cleveland Browns were able to contain him last week holding him to just 104 yards on those 26 touches, but the Chiefs won’t be able to do the same. Considering they allow the sixth-most yards per rush this season (4.6 YPC) along with the seventh-most fantasy points per game, Mathews should be in for a real nice fantasy day tonight.  FINAL STATISTICS:  13 carries - 67 yards - 0 TDs  //  2 recs - 5 yards - 0 TDs 


Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character

5.           Marshawn Lynch (vs. Min) – Lynch has four 100-yard games on the season yet surprisingly, only one of them came at home. I mention this because last year he had six 100-yard games with only one of them coming on the road. Basically, Marshawn is due for another home 100-yarder; and its coming this week. The Vikings didn’t allow a single RB to put up double-digit fantasy points against them through the first five weeks of the season. However, Minnesota has allowed one in each of their last three games with all of them putting up at least one rushing touchdown and the last two going up over 100 yards as well. Lynch should be fed like crazy in this game which almost assuredly means RB1 fantasy numbers.


Willis McGahee - Pyro Character

6.           Willis McGahee (at Cin) – I think McGahee kind of likes this Peyton Manning-led offensive system. He’s currently ninth in the league in fantasy points per game, tenth in rushing yards and tied for eighth in rushing TDs, so what’s not to like. Some games have been better than others, but I fully expect this to be one of his better ones going up against a Cincinnati defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game and second-most rushing touchdowns in the league. Willis put up 101 yards and a TD against the Bengals last season, so with the Denver offense clicking the way it has been lately, there’s no reason not to expect the same this time around.


Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

7.           Alfred Morris (vs. Car) – Alfred Morris has put up double-digit fantasy points in six of the Redskins eight games this season and I have no doubt that he’ll make it a seventh this week. The kid also has five rushing TDs, which is tied for second in the league behind Arian Foster. Basically, The Butler is the real deal, folks, and there doesn’t seem to be a need to worry about him being in a Shanahan offense either.  This weekend he’ll be up against a Panthers rush D that was one of the worst in the league for a while there, but have somehow turned it around and done pretty well in their last few games. That being said, their focus will be mainly on Robert Griffin III this Sunday, so there should be plenty of open holes for Morris to barrel through and rack up the rushing yards.


Matt Forte - Pyro Character

8.           Matt Forte (at Ten) – Tennessee’s main problem with opposing running backs isn’t so much in defending the rush, but more so against multi-dimensional RBs that can do just as much damage through the air as they can on the ground. In fact, the Titans D has allowed the most receiving yards, most receiving touchdowns and second-most receptions to running backs this season. Basically, the things that the Titans are the worst at are the same things that Matt Forte happens to be best at. Because the Tennessee offense can actually be pretty lethal at times, the Bears will want to control the clock as well, so look for Forte to get a healthy amount of work this weekend en route to a low-end RB1 fantasy day. In PPR leagues, go ahead and change that “low-end” designation to “high-end”.


Adrian Peterson - Pyro Character

9.           Adrian Peterson (at Sea) – Who in their right mind would have said that Adrian Peterson would be leading the league in rushing yards after eight weeks of the season? Nobody, that’s who; but that doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of fantasy owners out there willing to take the chance on him early in their drafts and to them I would just like to say; congratulations, you’ve earned the rewards that have been delivered to you.  Last week against Tampa Bay was the first time all season that AP wasn’t given 20-plus touches in a game and quite frankly, it showed in the Vikings boxscore (36-17 loss at home). This Sunday, the Vikes travel to Seattle to take on a tough-as-nails Seahawks rush D, but Peterson has been well-rested enough this past week to take on a full load and will undoubtedly be out to prove he’s still the baddest man in the NFL. In a classic brawn-vs.-brawn matchup, it will be interesting to see which monster comes out on top; Purple Jesus or Fugly Skittles. 


Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

10.       Trent Richardson (vs. Bal) – It turns out the scare fantasy owners had when Richardson exited the Indy game two weeks ago after re-injuring his ribs was really nothing at all. Obviously he was just fine after watching him run for 122 yards and a touchdown against a Chargers defense last week that hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 12 of last season. This Sunday, he takes on a decimated Baltimore D for the second time this season. Back in Week 4, Trent put up 104 total yards and a touchdown against them but that was WITH all of their defensive studs still healthy, so I’m expecting a much better turn-out this time around. There are a lot of classic matchups this weekend and I have no doubt that this one between Trent and Ray Rice will become one of the best over the next few years. 



Running Backs 11-50


11.       Reggie Bush (at Ind)


12.       Jamaal Charles (at SD, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  12 carries - 39 yards - 0 TDs  //  3 recs - 27 yards - 0 TDs 


13.       Darren McFadden (vs. TB)


14.       Doug Martin (at Oak)


15.       Pierre Thomas (vs. Phi, Monday night)


16.       Rashad Jennings (vs. Det)


17.       Mikel Leshoure (at Jax)


18.       Fred Jackson (at Hou)


19.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Pit)


20.       C.J. Spiller (at Hou)


21.       Isaac Redman (at NYG)


22.       Jonathan Stewart (at Was)


23.       Michael Turner (vs. Dal, Sunday night)


24.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Den)


25.       Chris Johnson (vs. Chi)


26.       Felix Jones (at Atl, Sunday night)


27.       LaRod Stephens-Howling (at GB)


28.       Ronnie Hillman (at Cin)


29.       Daniel Thomas (at Ind)


30.       Donald Brown (vs. Mia)


31.       Alex Green (vs. Ari)


32.       Joique Bell (at Jax)


33.       Michael Bush (at Ten)


34.       Vick Ballard (vs. Mia)


35.       Andre Brown (vs. Pit)


36.       Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. Dal, Sunday night)


37.       Phillip Tanner (at Atl, Sunday night)


38.       DeAngelo Williams (at Was)


39.       Ronnie Brown (vs. KC, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  6 carries - 38 yards - 0 TDs  //  5 recs - 35 yards - 0 TDs 


40.       Justin Forsett (vs. Buf)


41.       Chris Rainey (at NYG)


42.       Mark Ingram (vs. Phi, Monday night)


43.       Bryce Brown (at NO, Monday night)


44.       Bernard Pierce (at Cle)


45.       Brian Leonard (vs. Den)


46.       James Starks (vs. Ari)


47.       Baron Batch (at NYG)


48.       Peyton Hillis (at SD, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  7 carries - 14 yards - 0 TDs  //  1 rec - 7 yards - 0 TDs


49.       Montario Hardesty (vs. Bal)


50.       Mike Goodson (vs. TB)

 

 

 

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