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Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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

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Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

WR Player Rankings for Week 15

WR Player Rankings for Week 15

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/14/11

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WR Player Rankings Large - Week 15 - Wes Welker

 

(Rankings will be updated throughout the week)

 

 

WR Player Rankings – Week 15

 

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1.               Wes Welker (@ Den) – I wouldn’t call this a dream matchup for the Slot Machine, especially with the way the Broncos defense has been playing of late, but New England’s offense is very different than most others in the league and should be able to exploit some holes on Sunday. Bill Belichick will come up with a game-plan to squash all the talk about Tim Tebow and the Brady vs. Tebow matchup—and I guarantee that plan has a lot to do with Wes Welker. If Denver decides to come after Brady, Welker will run a ton of three-step outs and be used as Brady’s quick outlet in case he gets into trouble. If they decide to play off the line and deep, this will also work in Welker’s favor on quick slants and drags over the middle. Either way, the Pats will want to go up early and force Tebow to pass, so look for the offense to play a fast-paced game using the no-huddle and quick passes all day long, a strategy that plays right into Welker’s sweet spot.


2.               A.J. Green (@ StL) – Though only a rookie, A.J. Green has pretty much owned the league this year doing his stuff week in, week out against some of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. This Sunday, however, he won’t have to face a Joe Haden/Champ Bailey/Ike Taylor-type CB like he has all season. He’ll be facing a St. Louis Rams secondary that been torched for 17 TDs by wide receivers (tied for most allowed) and the fifth-most fantasy points in the league. Even if Cedric Benson runs well the whole game, which he should, I still expect at least 100 yards and a TD or two from the possible rookie of the year.


3.               Calvin Johnson (@ Oak) – Okay, so Calvin’s sensational statistical start to the season has pretty much slowed to a virtual halt—I get it. And yes, I know that in the last five weeks, Johnson has averaged just five catches for 63.4 yards while grabbing a grand total of one, lonely touchdown—I get it. Megatron is human. However, being human must also mean the monster receiver has emotions and I guarantee you, something inside of him is telling him to prove himself in these last three weeks. Oakland’s defense has been porous all season long and though most of their deficiencies can be found in their play against the run, something tells me the big guy is going to find a bunch of holes through the air as well this week. 


4.               Hakeem Nicks (vs. Was) – After Victor Cruz stole the spotlight in the Giants’ offense during the middle part of the season, Nicks seems to have regained his WR1 status over the past few weekends. In his last three games, Hakeem was been targeted in the double-digits during each game catching no fewer than seven balls for 87 yards. He also has a couple of touchdowns in that span and though Cruz has actually matched his production during that time, Nicks looks like a man possessed right now and it’s clear that Eli Manning sees it. At Washington in their first matchup of the season, Nicks grabbed seven balls for 122 yards, numbers I can see him reproducing this Sunday although you could likely throw a touchdown in there this time around.


5.               Marques Colston (@ Min) – Colston hasn’t been targeted as much by Drew Brees as he has in seasons past, but that’s what happens when an elite tight end like Jimmy Graham comes in to line up beside you. That said, Marques has had a few outstanding fantasy games this year—mostly against lower-tier pass defenses—which the Minnesota Vikings certainly possess. After catching all seven of his targets for 105 yards and two TDs last week and with Graham being slightly hampered by a bad back, bet on Colston being a steady part of the game-plan again this weekend going up against a Vikings squad that has allowed the most TDs (17, tied) and fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.



6.               Mike Wallace (@ SF – Monday Night)


7.               Dwayne Bowe (vs. GB)


8.               Victor Cruz (vs. Was)


9.               Percy Harvin (vs. NO)


10.           Steve Smith – Car (@ Hou)


11.           Antonio Brown (@ SF – Monday Night)


12.           Brandon Marshall (@ Buf)


13.           Miles Austin (@ TB – Saturday Night)


14.           Laurent Robinson (@ TB – Saturday Night)


15.           Jordy Nelson (@ KC)


16.           Stevie Johnson (vs. Mia)


17.           Santana Moss (@ NYG)


18.           Dez Bryant (@ TB – Saturday Night)


19.           Vincent Jackson (vs. Bal – Sunday Night)


20.           Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Cle)


21.           Brandon Lloyd (vs. Cin)


22.           Nate Washington (@ Ind)


23.           Demaryius Thomas (vs. NE)


24.           Denarius Moore (vs. Det)


25.           Damian Williams (@ Ind)


26.           Darrius Heyward–Bey (vs. Det)


27.           James Jones (@ KC)


28.           Devin Aromashodu (vs. NO)


29.           Jabar Gaffney (@ NYG)


30.           Santonio Holmes (@ Phi)


31.           DeSean Jackson (vs. NYJ)


32.           Pierre Garcon (vs. Ten)


33.           Jeremy Maclin (vs. NYJ)


34.           Anquan Boldin (@ SD – Sunday Night)


35.           Lance Moore (@ Min)


36.           Steve Breaston (vs. GB)


37.           Mike Williams – TB (vs. Dal – Saturday Night)


38.           Eric Decker (vs. NE)


39.           Doug Baldwin (@ Chi)


40.           Reggie Wayne (vs. Ten)


41.           Jerome Simpson (@ StL)


42.           Deion Branch (@ Den) ------> BRANCH HAS BEEN DECLARED OUT FOR THIS GAME


43.           Titus Young (@ Oak)


44.           Michael Crabtree (vs. Pit – Monday Night)


45.           Greg Little (@ Ari)


46.           Nate Burleson (@ Oak)


47.           Plaxico Burress (@ Phi)


48.           David Nelson (vs. Mia)


49.           Johnny Knox (vs. Sea)


50.           Torrey Smith (@ SD – Sunday Night)


51.           Robert Meachem (@ Min)


52.           Mario Manningham (vs. Was)


53.           Malcom Floyd (vs. Bal – Sunday Night)


54.           Randall Cobb (@ KC)


55.           Golden Tate (@ Chi)


56.           Donald Driver (@ KC)


57.           Jason Avant (vs. NYJ)


58.           Brad Smith (vs. Mia)


59.           Jacoby Jones (vs. Car)


60.           Early Doucet (vs. Cle)


61.           Kevin Walter (vs. Car)


62.           Kyle Williams (vs. Pit – Monday Night)


63.           Vincent Brown (vs. Bal – Sunday Night)


64.           Dexter McCluster (vs. GB)


65.           Davone Bess (@ Buf) 


66.           Chaz Schilens (vs. Det)


67.           Brian Hartline (@ Buf)


68.           Mohamed Massaquoi (@ Ari)


69.           Mike Williams – Sea (@ Chi)


70.           Andre Roberts (vs. Cle)


71.           Donte Stallworth (@ NYG)


72.           Brandon LaFell (@ Hou)


73.           Lavelle Hawkins (@ Ind)


74.           Jonathan Baldwin (vs. GB)


75.           Riley Cooper (vs. NYJ)

 

 

 

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