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January 19, 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

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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Weekly Matchups Thanksgiving Football - Week 12 - 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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