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Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Jones to Compete for WR2


Zay Jones' and his 399 college reception record could make an immediate impact as he performed favorable to Sterling Shepard in college.

Fantasy Goo: Jones' is many fantasy analysts favorite among rookie WRs in 2017. With the 167 vacated targets among Woods, Goodwin and Hunter, Zay has upside as a fantasy WR3.


07/21/17, 12:35 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: prod.www.bills.clubs.nfl.com


Will Tye

New York Giants

Coughlin May Bring Giants to JAX


The Giants have reportedly started shopping Will Tye and Tom Coughlin may be a suitor. If Tye is traded it would convey their plans to use Engram could be immediate.

Fantasy Goo: Although rookie TE's have historically lacked production, Engram is more of a big slot WR. If they move Tye Engram will likely split time in teh slot with Sterling Shepard and could be worth a late round flier after we saw Shepard score 8 TDs in the same position.


07/21/17, 12:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Geronimo Allison

Green Bay Packers

Geronimo Suspended For Opener


Geronimo Allison is suspended for Week 1 due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Goo: It is worth noting that Geronimo put up 4 catches for 91 yards and a score Week 17 when Jordy was being shadowed by Darrius Slay. He could be nice DFS play in games Jordy gets shadowed and Cobb or Adams are inactive.


07/21/17, 12:14 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Braxton Miller

Houston Texans

Braxton A Breakout WR?


QB Guru George Whitfield thinks Braxton Miller could take a dramatic step forward as a WR

Fantasy Goo: September 7, 2015. That was when Braxton took a direct snap, scrambled left and then put a spin move on the Virginia Tech defense that froze in time and broke Twitter. Miller was an all around stud in college and has Julian Edelman type potential. He could be worth a very late round pick, but keep him on your radar.


07/21/17, 11:25 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley Could See More Targets in 2017


Sean McVay recently went on ESPN LA and talked about Jared Goff's development and how the Rams are looking to get Gurley more work in the passing game.

Fantasy Goo: Not known for his receiving skills, despite Dunbar coming to the Rams in the offseason, Sean McVay will travel by air to get Gurley into open space. McVay know's the O-Line is a work in progress, but Gurley is an animal in the open field.


07/21/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bellcow To Play On Franchise Tag


Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down the Steelers 5 year contract that averaged 12 million per year. That number is 50% higher than the next highest paid RB, LeSean McCoy.

Fantasy Goo: This was a ballsy move by Bell, he has stated that he wants to reset the RB market. Adrian Peterson's 2012 was one of the largest RB contracts as he amassed $20.1 million on his base + incentives. Le'Veon Bell is now the #1 player to have in 2017 playing on a contact year under the Franchise tag.


07/21/17, 10:08 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Dan Orlovsky

Detroit Lions

Rams Add Veteran QB


The Rams veteran journeyman Dan Orlovsky to backup their promising young QB Jared Goff. Orlovsky is rejoining his OC from his 2005 season in Detroit.

Fantasy Goo: Orlovsky's last effective game was in 2015 when he threw for 191 yards with a TD and an interception. Even if Goff goes down for an extended period of time Orlovsky has never shown the ability to have a fantasy presence.


07/21/17, 09:59 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Carlos Henderson Impresses in Broncos OTA’s


"Carlos is a great route-runner," fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said during OTAs. "He keeps his arms running through the cuts. I’ve been watching film on him and just seeing how he is. He is a technique guy."

Fantasy Goo: This offense has been missing the short-game middle of the field presence in the passing game from a TE or slot receiver. It’s hard to say how many opportunities are there with the QB situation the way it is and two premier receivers on the outside, but this report sounds like they are looking to create opportunities for him, even if it’s on special teams. His metrics profile compares best to Stealing Sheppard.


07/20/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverbroncos.com


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Re-sign RB Chris Johnson to One-year Contract


This is the perfect situation for everyone involved. Johnson obviously knows the offense, the Cardinals have a solid back-up and can bring their rookie along slowly. Ellington has moved to WR and Kerwynn Williams is comfortable with the offense, but certainly not a solid No.2.

Fantasy Goo:
It doesn’t move the needle for anyone’s value, David Johnson is still the number one or two overall pick and there was no “handcuff” on the radar to begin with. In the four games Chris Johnson was active last year he only did more than spell David in one game, when Arizona crushed Tennessee 40-7.


07/20/17, 04:11 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers First Round Pick Might Need Surgery


Reports on Mike Williams are mixed on whether he’ll need surgery or not for the herniated disk in his back, either way it seems unlikely that he will have anything to contribute this year. It seems like Schefter and Rapoport are having a little pissing contest as to whether Williams will actually need surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Draft Tyrell Williams as your WR3, he’s going after the 10th round right now, but that won’t happen for much longer. Keep Dontrell Inman on your radar, he could be a late round flyer in PPR leagues, with Allen out last year Inman finished with more PPR points than Ginn, Cobb and DeVante Parker.


07/20/17, 03:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Gary Barnidge

Cleveland Browns

Jaguars Meet With Barnidge


“Barnidge was released by Cleveland following this year's NFL Draft. The Browns used a first-round pick on Miami tight end David Njoku, who is set to take on Barnidge's playing time. If the Jaguars were to sign Barnidge, it would be a homecoming for the veteran tight end.”

Fantasy Goo: This means nothing, Barnidge will not have a repeat of his 2015 season. Barnidge is a solid blocking TE that had a spectacular year when there were no other options in the offense. The Jaguars aren’t very adept at using the TE either, Julius Thomas did next to nothing in his two years with the team.


07/20/17, 03:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.firstcoastnews.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else


When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.


07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend


Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.


07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins

Deadline Set for Miami to Re-Sign Landry


Landry will not negotiate his contract after the season begins. I’m not so sure Landry is in Miami’s future plans. They surely won’t franchise him for $18 million next year and they just gave Kenny Stills a nice contract.

Fantasy Goo:I believe Miami has high hopes for DeVante Parker becoming the wide receiver one they drafted him to be. That may be a tall task with Tannehill running the show, but Parker appears to be far more committed to improving this year.


07/15/17, 08:55 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sun-sentinel.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers Backfield Community


Reports out of SF say that Hyde has to earn the starting job. SF drafted two running backs and signed several free agents in the off-season including Tim Hightower and Kyle Juszczyk. If Hyde stays healthy there’s little doubt he earns the job, but he’s in the last year of his contract so if SF has their expected slow start I expect them to turn to their other options quickly.

Fantasy Goo: There are also reports that Hyde doesn’t fit into the Shanahan system well, he’s a tremendous athlete, but this is the time of year to pay attention to the negative information when we usually see nothing but fluff.


07/15/17, 08:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.csnbayarea.com


Virgil Green

Denver Broncos

Denver Tight End Job Up for Grabs


The team did select tight end Jake Butt in the 2017 NFL draft, but a knee injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game may keep the talented rookie out of action for this entire season.

Fantasy Goo: Virgil Green is a blocker and AJ Derby is a natural athlete that converted to TE from QB, they believe he can be used in many ways and McCoy’s offense can use a third pass-catcher. Derby isn’t worth drafting, but we may want to keep an eye on him.


07/15/17, 08:42 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: 1043thefan.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Denver Receivers Excited for New Offense


“We’ve got this new offense with Mike McCoy. We’re going to be throwing the ball around so my conditioning has to be up and I’ve been working on that.’’
Sanders is working on a healthier lifestyle and getting ready for a high paced offense. Thomas is just happy to get his favorite play back in the rotation (WR screen).

Fantasy Goo: Thomas’ ADP is rising to the second round, while Sanders’ is hanging around in the late fifth. If you miss on Thomas keep an eye on Sanders slipping to you. While we’re not sure who the QB will be, these two should be just fine where they are being drafted.


07/15/17, 08:37 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.9news.com


Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McNichols Working on Pass Catching Skills


Jeremy McNichols has been working with the Bucs wide receivers. He's going basically undrafted, McNichols may be worth a late round flyer if you’re in a FFPC (28 round) draft, but we have to see what happens in camp before we can judge this one.

Fantasy Goo: Doug Martin’s ADP has risen to the point where he’s getting way too expensive. If he’s hanging around in the ninth or tenth he might be worth a shot, but there are probably better options to choose from before that point.


07/15/17, 08:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.buccaneers.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Opportunities in Colts Backfield


“As long as I’m healthy and my guys up front get me the opportunities, I’m going to be successful,’’ Gore said.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski remains squarely in Gore’s corner, but there figures to be more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. “You can go a lot of different directions in that you can feature more things or different things with different people,’’ he said. “Some of that will be personnel-driven.’’

Fantasy Goo: With no improvements to the O-line, Robert Turbin showing life in camp, and Marlon Mack being drafted, I don’t see how Gore improves on last year’s total. He keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny, but I think that cliff is close. I’ve been high on him every year until now.


07/15/17, 08:25 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: cbs4indy.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron to see more red-zone targets?


Ebron’s ADP has risen 2-3 rounds, depending on your scoring, in the past two months. Everyone seems to think that Ebron will see more red-zone looks this year with Boldin’s 22 RZ targets leaving town. He has a very safe floor so there’s no real downside to drafting him in the eighth round or later.

Fantasy Goo: I’m going to keep an eye on Boldin as well, he hasn’t signed with another team yet, and he’s not finished playing. Detroit is still on the list of places he could end up.


07/15/17, 08:06 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.freep.com

Weekly Matchups - Week 12 - Thanksgiving Day Game - Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions

Weekly Matchups - Week 12 - Thanksgiving Day Game - Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions

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Green Bay @ Detroit

 

(Player Rankings based on Top 32 QBs, 50 RBs, 75 WRs & 32 TEs)

 

 

 

Green Bay Packers (10-0)

 

Packers Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Detroit Rush Defense – 2011: 134.7 Yards Allowed/Game (27th) || 6 TDs Allowed (T-6th)

Detroit Pass Defense – 2011: 193 Yards Allowed/Game (5th) || 10 TDs Allowed (T-3rd)

 

Green Bay Offensive Cast

 

Aaron Rodgers (QB Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #1)

2011 Season: 238/329 – for 3,168 Yards, 31 TDs & 4 INTs || 48 Carries for 176 Yards & 2 TDs

 

The only reason I can see fantasy owners sitting Aaron "It Out" Rodgers on their bench for a game is because they happen to be a Lions fan and also have Matthew Stafford on their team. This is also probably the toughest pass defense he's faced all year, but if his offensive line can give him a little time, I just don't see him failing to produce.

 

James Starks (RB Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #36 – LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE TO PLAY)

2011 Season: 120 Carries for 541 Yards & 1 TD || 28 Recs for 210 Yards & 0 TDs

 

If Starks comes out in pre-game warm-ups and tells the coaching staff he's ready to go, then he's not too bad of a play this week with the Lions play against the rush being the weakest part of their defense. If he's hobbled at all, however, he'll either split carries with Grant or maybe even sit out altogether.

 

Ryan Grant (RB Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #44)

2011 Season: 73 Carries for 267 Yards & 0 TDs || 8 Recs for 69 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Grant's value this week completely depends upon James Starks' health. Watch the news before the game to see if Starks will be playing or not before you determine whether or not you can get Grant in there as a so-so flex play.

 

John Kuhn (RB Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #46)

2011 Season: 9 Carries for 15 Yards & 3 TDs || 11 Recs for 46 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Kuhn has five TDs on 20 touches this season. That's pretty insane. If you're in a touchdown-heavy league, he's not too bad of a play. Otherwise, why would you have him on your team?

 

Greg Jennings (WR Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #18)

2011 Season: 53 Recs for 761 Yards & 7 TDs

 

Jennings (knee) says that he's pretty close to 100 percent now and should be securely fastened into starting lineups as normal. However, he hasn't gotten the love he would normally see from Rodgers lately as Greg has only caught five balls on 11 targets over the last two weeks...but I expect that to change this week as Rodgers is going to need him in this tough interdivisional showdown.

 

Jordy Nelson (WR Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #11)

2011 Season: 40 Recs for 756 Yards & 9 TDs

 

Nelson has been on fire as of late catching 16 of the 18 balls thrown his way over the last three games while turning them into 291 yards and FIVE touchdowns. He rarely drops a pass, has sneaky speed, and actually has quite a bit of strength in that 6'3", 217-pound body of his. Basically, he's become a must-start in fantasy leagues.

 

Donald Driver (WR Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #66)

2011 Season: 22 Recs for 233 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Driver had his best game of the year last weekend catching four balls for 72 yards against the Buccaneers. That said, he's barely been playable this season, but if you're looking to catch lightning in a bottle, standing next to any Packers receiver is as good of a place to get lucky as any.

 

James Jones (WR Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #62)

2011 Season: 21 Recs for 356 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Plain and simple, James Jones cannot catch a football. He's got speed and strength, but to get Aaron Rodgers to trust you, you have to be able to catch his (normally) perfectly thrown balls. However, like I said with Driver, any of these secondary Packers receivers can produce on any given Sunday...or Thanksgiving Thursday for that matter.

 

Randall Cobb (WR Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)

2011 Season: 15 Recs for 234 Yards & 1 TD

 

The rookie playmaker has a ton of talent, but unless you're in a return-yardage league, Cobb likely isn't worth starting. You gotta love his skills, though.

 

Jermichael Finley (TE Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #9)

2011 Season: 34 Recs for 475 Yards & 5 TDs

 

Jermichael has been a disappointment for fantasy owners all season long, but it's tough to take him out of your lineup knowing that he has those three-touchdown games in him. Unless you have one of the 4G Network guys such as Gronkowski, Gates, Graham or Gonzalez, Finley should still be in your lineup with him being in such a high-powered offense like the Packers.

 

 

 

Detroit Lions (7-3)

 

Lions Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Green Bay Rush Defense – 2011: 102.5 Yards Allowed/Game (12th) || 6 TDs Allowed (T-6th)

Green Bay Pass Defense – 2011: 289 Yards Allowed/Game (31st) || 18 TDs Allowed (T-24th)

 

Detroit Offensive Cast

 

Matthew Stafford (QB Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #2)

2011 Season: 244/398 – for 2,843 Yards, 25 TDs & 10 INTs

 

Stafford was super-close to being the top quarterback in my rankings this week, but until Rodgers falters, I just can't take him out of the spot. That said, if you have both these studs on your fantasy team, I wouldn't blame you for starting Second-Half Staff over Rodge seeing how the Packers pass defense has given up the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.

 

Kevin Smith (RB Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #18)

2011 Season: 20 Carries for 159 Yards & 2 TDs || 6 Recs for 71 Yards & 1 TD

 

I remember watching this kid play when he was a rookie and knowing there was something special about him...then of course came all the injuries and Kevin Smith became just another NFL dream smashed to pieces. But then as fate would have it, injuries would plague the Lions backfield and give Smith one more shot to make it work...and he did. Last week's 200-total-yard, three-TD effort was a thing of beauty, and though he won't repeat those numbers against a much better rush D this week, you still should get him in your lineup as a solid RB2.

 

Maurice Morris (RB Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)

2011 Season: 48 Carries for 201 Yards & 1 TD || 10 Recs for 89 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Morris has been no more than a back-up running back throughout his career, so it really shouldn't be a surprise that he has returned to his proper role so quickly. Unless you are in a super-deep league, don't bother here.

 

Keiland Williams (RB Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)

2011 Season: 41 Carries for 119 Yards & 1 TD || 1 Rec for 5 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Ugh. After that fumble last weekend against the Panthers, I'm surprised he wasn't cut.

 

Jahvid Best (RB Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: OUT)

2011 Season: 84 Carries for 390 Yards & 2 TDs || 27 Recs for 287 Yards & 1 TD

 

Best is still out dealing with his post-concussion issues. Keep him stashed on your bench.

 

Calvin Johnson (WR Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #1)

2011 Season: 59 Recs for 974 Yards & 11 TDs

 

Megatron must have felt like the only man on the planet not getting to celebrate a Stafford-tossed TD last weekend, but no matter. He was cheering harder than anyone else regardless and is one of the true class-acts in the NFL. That said, Calvin loves going up against these teams in the NFC North, with the Packers being no exception. In seven career games against the Pack, Johnson has eight touchdowns, his most against any team in the league. With the Packers allowing the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, how can you deny him the #1 slot?

 

Nate Burleson (WR Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #40)

2011 Season: 41 Recs for 391 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Burleson has been awesome the last couple of games and should be able to continue his strong play against this weak Packers secondary. Get him in your lineup as either a WR3 or flex this week.

 

Titus Young (WR Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #52)

2011 Season: 28 Recs for 363 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Even though Titus has caught a TD in two of his last three games, it's hard to play him as more than a flex due to a rookie's inconsistency. However, if he's going to have a bust-out game, this one might be the one he does it in.

 

Brandon Pettigrew (TE Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #10)

2011 Season: 50 Recs for 435 Yards & 3 TDs

 

After disappearing for a few weeks, Pettigrew got back in the scoring column last weekend on a nice little seven-yard pass in the fourth quarter to go up on the Panthers for good. Who knows? That could be the catch that gets him going as a top ten tight end again.

 

Tony Scheffler (TE Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: #24)

2011 Season: 14 Recs for 177 Yards & 5 TDs

 

Scheffler caught a touchdown for the third week in a row last Sunday, but he still doesn't have more than three catches in any one game yet this season. Start if you want, but you're looking for that lucky TD more than anything else.

 

 

 

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