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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

Weekly Matchups - Playoff Week 3 - Packers vs. Bears

Weekly Matchups - Playoff Week 3 - Packers vs. Bears

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

 

 

Green Bay @ Chicago 

 

 

Green Bay Packers (12-6)

 

Opponent Final 2010 Defensive Ranks

Chicago Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 20th (224 Yds/Gm) - TDs Allowed 2nd (14)

Chicago Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 2nd (90.1 Yds/Gm) – TDs Allowed T-20th (14)

 

Green Bay Offensive Cast

 

Aaron Rodgers (QB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #1) Final 2010 Season Stats: 312/475 – for 3,922 Yards, 28 TDs & 11 INTs || 64 Carries for 356 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Okay, you’ve got to be kidding me with this stat-line:  31 completions in 36 attempts, 366 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs and a 136.8 QB Rating.  Now we all knew the Falcons pass D was their weak link, but to go into the Georgia Dome last weekend and completely demolish a team led by a QB that had lost only two games at home his entire career is downright scary.  What’s even more insane is that in two road playoff games this year, Rodgers now has six TDs, zero INTs, 546 passing yards and a 134.5 QB rating!  Even though he didn’t do nearly as well as that against the Bears this year, it’s hard to go against a guy on a roll like this.

 

James Starks (RB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #3) Final 2010 Season Stats: 29 Carries for 101 Yards & 0 TDs || 2 Recs for 15 Yards & 0 TDs

 

His second career playoff game wasn’t nearly as good as his first, but he still leads the league in playoff rushing yards (189), attempts (48) and first downs (8) this year.  It’s not going to get any easier for the rookie this weekend as the Bears are one of the best in the league at defending the run and held Seattle to just 34 yards on 12 carries last Sunday.  The Packers will use him quite a bit to set up the pass, but don’t expect too much.

 

John Kuhn (RB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #6) Final 2010 Season Stats: 84 Carries for 281 Yards & 4 TDs || 15 Recs for 97 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Kuhn’s worth comes mainly along the goal-line as the Packers use either his 6’0”, 250-pound frame to bust in the one-yard TDs or his receiving ability to catch play-action passes in the flat.  Other than that, he’s simply a blocker.

 

Brandon Jackson (RB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #8) Final 2010 Season Stats: 190 Carries for 703 Yards & 3 TDs || 43 Recs for 342 Yards & 1 TD

 

After receiving just three carries against the Eagles in the Packers first playoff win, Jackson found himself with just one carry on the final stat-sheet against the Falcons.  It’s clear Brandon has been passed on the depth chart by the bigger, more talented Starks, and this time I think it’s for good.  Jackson still might see a few carries and dump-offs on third down, but his chances of putting up fantasy-worthy stats are pretty slim.

 

Greg Jennings (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #1) Final 2010 Season Stats: 76 Recs for 1,265 Yards & 12 TDs

 

Jennings looked like the number one WR that he is last weekend against the Falcons, but he’ll have a tough time repeating his 101-yard, eight-catch performance against the Bears D.  In fact, Chicago has had a pretty good bead on Greg throughout his career allowing him an average of just 3.8 catches for 55.6 yards a game.  With Rodgers on the roll he is, I’d have a tough time betting against Jennings having a nice game, but don’t expect a repeat of the Atlanta game.

 

Donald Driver (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #5) Final 2010 Season Stats: 51 Recs for 565 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Driver may not have a touchdown in the playoffs yet this year, but he’s leading the team in both catches and yards with 5.5 receptions and 66 yards per game.  His veteran presence seems to be rubbing off on everyone around him right now as the Packer offense is clicking better than it has all year.  He may not put up a bunch of yards, but five or more catches on Sunday is almost a given.

 

James Jones (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #6) Final 2010 Season Stats: 50 Recs for 679 Yards & 5 TDs

 

Jones’ size and athleticism always give him a chance to put up some nice numbers, but his lack of concentration is about as frustrating as it gets.  He seems to have no trouble making tough, crazy catches, but throw him the ball with nobody around him and you’re in for a disappointment.   His up-and-down play is hard to predict, so even though he has a TD in each of the first two playoff games, don’t look for a third in a row, especially against this Bears pass D.

 

Jordy Nelson (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #9) Final 2010 Season Stats: 45 Recs for 582 Yards & 2 TDs

 

The Packers might actually have the best fourth wide receiver in the league in Jordy Nelson.  Last week, Nelson caught all eight passes thrown his way for 79 yards and a TD, numbers most number one WRs would love to see in their stat-line.  His 6’3”, 217-pound frame makes him a mismatch all over the field and since it looks like Rodgers has a ton of confidence in him, don’t be surprised to see Jordy have another nice game this weekend.

 

Andrew Quarless (TE Playoff Week 3 Ranking #4) Final 2010 Season Stats: 21 Recs for 238 Yards & 1 TD

 

Quarless has been a non-factor in each of Green Bay’s first two playoff games, and since the Bears are pretty darn good at defending tight ends, I don’t expect that trend to change.

 

Donald Lee (TE Playoff Week 3 Ranking #5) Final 2010 Season Stats: 11 Recs for 73 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Lee is a grizzled veteran who will certainly see his fair share of action this Sunday, but his skills are more as a pass-blocker than a receiver.

 

 

Chicago Bears (12-5)

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Green Bay Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 5th (194 Yds/Gm) - TDs Allowed 4th (16)

Green Bay Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 18th (114.9 Yds/Gm) – TDs Allowed 3rd (6)

 

Chicago Offensive Cast

 

Jay Cutler (QB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #3) Final 2010 Season Stats: 261/432 – for 3,274 Yards & 23 TDs & 16 INTs

 

Cutler proved he can take the pressure of a playoff game last Sunday as he threw for 274 yards, two TDs while rushing for two more in his first ever post-season appearance.  However, his foe this weekend won’t be the defensively-challenged Seahawks again… it’s the hated Packers.  Does he have a chance of putting up a nice game?  Sure, but don’t bet on it.  His career stats as a Bear against the Pack are pretty poor as not once has he thrown for more TDs in a game than INTs against them (four games).  OC Mike Martz will do everything he can to put Cutler in a position to succeed, but don’t expect him to do what he did to Seattle last week.

 

Matt Forte (RB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #2) Final 2010 Season Stats: 237 Carries for 1,069 Yards & 6 TDs || 51 Recs for 547 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Forte had himself another solid game against the Seahawks putting up 134 total yards with 80 coming on the ground and another 54 yards on three catches.  Mike Martz might be thought of as a passing offensive coordinator, but it’s clear at this point that the Bears offense runs through Matt Forte.  In the final game of the regular season, Matt had 91 yards rushing and eight catches for 60 yards receiving against Green Bay.  I’m not sure the Packers will allow that much this Sunday, but the Bears RB is looking as good as he has in his career right now, so I wouldn’t put it past him.

 

Chester Taylor (RB Playoff Week 3 Ranking #7) Final 2010 Season Stats: 112 Carries for 267 Yards & 3 TDs || 20 Recs for 139 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Even though Taylor was the one with a touchdown in the final statistics last weekend, Forte is still the man on this team.  Chester will get a few touches here and there in order to give Forte a rest, but it won’t be enough to make a difference.

 

Johnny Knox (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #7) Final 2010 Season Stats: 51 Recs for 960 Yards & 5 TDs

 

Knox had a decent game last week catching four balls for 48 yards in the Bears win over Seattle.  He might be able to produce a bit this Sunday as well as his speed can beat even the best secondary deep on occasion.  If the Packers decide to throw Charles Woodson on him, he won’t be much of a factor, but he’ll still be able to stretch the defense and carry Woodson out of the play, so his worth might end up being as a decoy.

 

Earl Bennett (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #10) Final 2010 Season Stats: 46 Recs for 561 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Bennett is a nice possession receiver who I’m sure Cutler will try to use this weekend.  He should be able to haul in around four or five passes, but his lack of size (6’0”) doesn’t make him much of a red-zone target, so his fantasy upside is minimal.

 

Devin Hester (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #13) Final 2010 Season Stats: 40 Recs for 475 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Hester is still one of the most electrifying, game-changing players in the league and you can bet that with the Packers being in the Bears division, they know this all too well.  If Green Bay decides to kick to him, his punt return duties combined with a few targets on offense will give him a chance to shine this weekend.  If they don’t, then you can’t expect more than maybe a couple of wide receiver screens for minimal yardage.

 

Devin Aromashodu (WR Playoff Week 3 Ranking #16) Final 2010 Season Stats: 10 Recs for 149 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Aromashodu was a huge disappointment this season and the only chance he has of doing anything in this game is if the Bears end up needing his size in the red-zone.

 

Greg Olsen (TE Playoff Week 3 Ranking #1) Final 2010 Season Stats: 41 Recs for 404 Yards & 5 TDs

 

Last weekend was an awesome time for Olsen to come alive for Mike Martz and Jay Cutler, wouldn’t you say?  Not only did he lead the team with nine targets and 113 yards, but he also kick-started the Bears offense by scoring a touchdown on the Bears first possession of the game.  If the Packers have a weak link on D, it’s guarding a team’s opposing tight end.  Olsen had five catches in each of their meetings during the year, so I’d expect at least that many once again with another possible touchdown coming his way.

 

 

NEW YORK JETS @ PITTSBURGH