March 23, 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


Weekly Matchups - Playoff Week 3 - Jets vs. Steelers

Weekly Matchups - Playoff Week 3 - Jets vs. Steelers

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 01/20/11

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Rankings based on this weekend's top 4 QBs, 8 RBs, 16 WRs, and 6 TEs



New York Jets @ Pittsburgh



New York Jets (13-5)


Opponent Final 2010 Defensive Ranks

Pittsburgh Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 12th (214 Yds/Gm) - TDs Allowed 3rd (15)

Pittsburgh Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 1st (62.8 Yds/Gm) – TDs Allowed T-1st (5)


New York Jets Offensive Cast


Mark Sanchez (QB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #4) Final 2010 Season Stats: 278/507 – for 3,291 Yards, 17 TDs & 13 INTs


The Sanchize continues to surprise even his biggest supporters as this week, Sanchez becomes just the second QB in NFL history to lead his team to the Conference Finals during each of his first two years in the league (the other is none other than Ben Roethlisberger!!!).  Basically, what the guy lacks in overall talent, he more than makes up for in charisma and leadership. 


When these two teams met in Pittsburgh back in Week 15, Sanchez had the kind of day you’d expect against a hard-nosed defense like the Steelers:  19 for 29, 170 yards, zero TDs and zero INTs.  However, the Jets ended up winning the game due in no small part to a game-tying seven-yard TD run by Sanchez deep in the third quarter.  The question for Sunday’s game is not whether Sanchez will put up great stats or not, because he won’t.  The question is, can the kid from Long Beach, California play error-free ball once again and lead his team to a Super Bowl berth over the mighty Steelers?  The answer is yes, but only if his teammates can follow suit.


LaDainian Tomlinson (RB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #5) Final 2010 Season Stats: 219 Carries for 914 Yards & 6 TDs || 52 Recs for 368 Yards & 0 TDs


The offense still seems to be doing a good job of splitting the workload between Tomlinson and Greene, but like last year during the Jets playoff run, the edge in carries has swayed toward the bigger, more physical Greene.  Expect more of the same against the brutish Steelers this week as the Jets will have to win the battle in the trenches if they want to take this game on the road.


Shonn Greene (RB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #4) Final 2010 Season Stats: 185 Carries for 766 Yards & 2 TDs || 16 Recs for 120 Yards & 0 TDs


Shonn and his punishing style of running should end up with a good amount of carries and some decent final numbers this Sunday, but with the Steelers allowing so few yards on the ground this season, you can’t expect too much.  If Pittsburgh decides to let Sanchez take his shot at winning this one, Greene will without a doubt be stuffed at the line more often than not.  However, with the front seven all bunched in tight, we also could see a long run or two take place if he can sneak by the initial set of defenders.


Santonio Holmes (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #4) Final 2010 Season Stats: 52 Recs for 746 Yards & 6 TDs


Holmes is still seeing a good amount of passes come his way, but the amount of short slants and quick screens make it difficult for him to do any serious damage.  Because Sanchez is still sporting a bit of a sore shoulder, Holmes will likely see much of the same this weekend leaving little room to make any real high-impact plays.  However, Santonio has always been a big-game player, and given that this game happens to be against his old team with an added bonus of a Super Bowl berth on the line, all bets are off and anything goes.


Braylon Edwards (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #3) Final 2010 Season Stats: 53 Recs for 904 Yards & 7 TDs


If there’s one chink in this vaunted Steeler defensive armor, it’s in the passing game, particularly against the bigger, more physical receivers.  Marques Colston, Terrell Owens and Anquan Boldin all had nice games against the Steelers earlier this year, as did Edwards in their Week 15 matchup when he came away with team-highs of eight catches, 11 targets and 100 yards.  If Sanchez has enough time in the pocket and strength in his arm to throw it Braylon’s way, watch for the ego-driven receiver to have something to talk about by game’s end.


Jerricho Cotchery (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #11) Final 2010 Season Stats: 41 Recs for 433 Yards & 2 TDs


Jerricho is still the most dependable wide receiver on this team, and he was used as such last week against the Patriots in coming out with team-highs in targets (7), catches (5) and yards (96).  The Jets may have to turn to a ball-control type of game this Sunday, so look for Cotchery to be used wisely in the offensive game-plan once again.


Brad Smith (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #14) Final 2010 Season Stats: 4 Recs for 44 Yards & 0 TDs || 38 Carries for 299 Yards & 1 TD


Smith’s groin is still a bit banged up so he’s not expected to be used very often this weekend.  If he’s able to return kickoffs, he’ll have a slight chance to create some havoc, but don’t expect him to do much out of the Wildcat formation. 


Dustin Keller (TE Playoff Week 3 Ranking #3) Final 2010 Season Stats: 55 Recs for 687 Yards & 5 TDs


Keller will likely be used as more of a blocker in this game to create some holes for the Jets backfield and to give Sanchez more time to throw the ball downfield.  He’ll get a few dump-offs in the process, but don’t expect much as the Steelers have been pretty good all year in defending opposing tight ends.



Pittsburgh Steelers (13-4)


Opponent Defensive Ranks

New York Jets Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 6th (201 Yds/Gm) - TDs Allowed T-19th (24)

New York Jets Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 3rd (90.9 Yds/Gm) – TDs Allowed T-12th (11)


Pittsburgh Offensive Cast


Ben Roethlisberger (QB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #2) Final 2010 Season Stats: 240/389 – for 3,200 Yards & 17 TDs & 5 INTs


Roethlisberger is another QB that never ceases to amaze.  After missing the first four games of the season (suspension) while dealing with injuries throughout the rest, once again he has led his team on a deep playoff run and now has a chance to go to (and win) his third Super Bowl in seven years.  Unreal.


Last week against the Ravens, Big Ben played well enough to win throwing up 226 yards and two TDs without an interception.  Against the Jets back in Week 15, he also played pretty well throwing for 264 yards and a TD with zero interceptions, but couldn’t come away with a win.  If the Steelers want to get by the streaking Jets this Sunday, Ben is going to have to pull the hero-card and beat Revis Island & Co. with some regularity.  I expect a pretty good game, but whether or not his beat-up offensive line can give him enough time to throw will tell the story.


Rashard Mendenhall (RB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #1) Final 2010 Season Stats: 324 Carries for 1,273 Yards & 13 TDs || 23 Recs for 167 Yards & 0 TDs


The Jets rush D is third in line behind the Steelers in terms of domination, so Rashard will have his work cut out for him again this weekend.  He did just fine against them in their first matchup putting up 99 yards and a TD on 17 carries, and you know Pittsburgh won’t stray from using Mendy, so he’ll at least get the touches to produce.  This could turn into a battle between the trenches, so how Mendenhall fares might just determine the outcome of this game.  I expect his ferocity to step forward and answer the call.


Mike Wallace (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #2) Final 2010 Season Stats: 60 Recs for 1,257 Yards & 10 TDs


Wallace will likely have the undesirable job of toting Darrelle Revis around in his jockstrap all game this Sunday and with a matchup like that, there’s no doubt the rest of the sporting world will be eyeing them just as closely.  Mike actually had a really good game in their first tilt putting up 102 yards on seven catches (10 targets), but you can’t really expect the same with Revis playing as well as he is right now.  The fact of the matter is, Wallace really does have the physical gifts of the Gods, so even against this New York pass D, anything is possible.


Hines Ward (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #8) Final 2010 Season Stats: 59 Recs for 755 Yards & 5 TDs


Ward’s speed and skills have diminished to the point where he’s having a tough time getting open in space, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get the job done.  In fact, Ward has crossed the goal-line two weeks in a row now for the Steel Crew while his TD last weekend ended up tying the game heading into the fourth quarter.  Even though I don’t expect too much out of the seasoned vet this Sunday, I wouldn’t put it past him to make a difference when it counts.  His best remaining qualities are his overall toughness and blocking ability, of which will be needed regularly come Sunday.


Emmanuel Sanders (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #12) Final 2010 Season Stats: 28 Recs for 376 Yards & 2 TDs


The electric third-round pick out of LSU seems to have taken over as Roethlisberger’s No. 2 receiver as his speed and play-making ability are simply too awesome to ignore.  Last weekend he tied for the team lead with seven targets while hauling down four passes for 54 yards.  Not too shabby for your playoff debut, and I expect it to be even better this weekend.  In the Week 15 game against the Jets, Sanders had a whopping 13 balls thrown his way and turned them into seven catches for 78 yards.  Even if for some reason the Steelers stick Cromartie on him, I can still see a good 6-7 catches out of Emmanuel this Sunday.


Antwaan Randle El (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #15) Final 2010 Season Stats: 22 Recs for 253 Yards & 0 TDs


Randle El isn’t used very much as a receiver in this offense, but if Pittsburgh decides to run a trick play or two, you can be sure Antwaan and his variety of skills will be involved.


Heath Miller (TE Playoff Week 3 Ranking #2) Final 2010 Season Stats: 42 Recs for 512 Yards & 2 TDs


The Jets defense held opposing tight ends to the third least amount of catches per game this season, so Miller isn’t likely to be too much of a factor.  He wasn’t available in Week 15 against the Jets, but his replacement, Matt Spaeth, did catch a TD pass against them, so Miller might be a decent red-zone threat this Sunday.


Matt Spaeth (TE Playoff Week 3 Ranking #6) Final 2010 Season Stats: 9 Recs for 80 Yards & 1 TD


Spaeth did a fine job filling in for Miller while he was out for a couple of games during the season and even caught a touchdown against this Jets D, but with Heath back in the lineup, he won’t be used as more than a much-needed blocker this weekend.