May 21, 2018


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


WR Player Rankings for Week 16

WR Player Rankings for Week 16

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/20/11

by   The Archer


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WR Player Rankings Large - Week 16 - Calvin Johnson


(Rankings will be updated throughout the week)



WR Player Rankings – Week 16


(BYE:  Majority of the Games Are Played On Saturday, Dec. 24th)



QB Rankings  RB Rankings  TE Rankings


Wide Receivers                 (Updated:  Saturday, Dec. 24 - 11:11AM CT)




1.               Calvin Johnson (vs. SD) – After being double- and triple-covered for the majority of the second half of the season, the Oakland Raiders decided to lay off of Megatron for the most part in their matchup last weekend. BIG mistake. Calvin Johnson went off for a career day scoring two touchdowns while catching nine balls for 214 yards en route to a last-minute 28-27 victory for Detroit. I can all but guarantee San Diego doesn’t make the same mistake, making Johnson a risky call as my #1 receiver for the week, but the guy is simply too talented to deny with the Lions still vying for a playoff spot in the NFC. The Chargers are one of only 11 teams who have given up more touchdown catches than games played this season, so look for at least one out of Calvin this Saturday.

2.               Wes Welker (vs. Mia) – The Dolphins have certainly turned their season around after a dreadful 0-8 start with at least half of the credit going to the defense, but then you realize that not one of their five wins have come against a team better than 7-7.  New England handed Miami their first loss of the season back in Week 1 in a game that saw Wes Welker catch eight of his 12 targets for 160 yards and two touchdowns, so it’s obvious Brady and Belichick know what to do to beat them. With the Patriots controlling their own destiny in an effort to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs, you can bet your ass they’ll be using the same game-plan that beat Miami the first time around—which means a whole hell of a lot of The Slot Machine this Saturday.

3.               A.J. Green (vs. Ari) – A.J. Green is the best rookie receiver I’ve seen since Randy Moss back in 1998—and I don’t throw around praise like that too often. He’s basically just one of those types of players that can seemingly get the job done no matter what a defense throws at him. Last weekend he burned the St. Louis Rams for 115 yards on six catches even though he played with a separated shoulder the entire second half, but it looks like he’ll be fine for the game this Saturday. Considering Arizona allows the second-most catches and yards in the league to opposing wide receivers, I expect A.J. to have his normal rookie-of-the-year type of stats by the end of the game.

4.               Brandon Marshall (@ NE) – Brandon Marshall started the year off on fire thanks to seven-catch, 139-yard performance against the Patriots back in Week 1. The 13 targets and 139 yards he put up in the game are still both season highs for him, though it’s very possible he out-does one of them this Saturday. Just last weekend, a similar-sized yet much less experienced Demaryius Thomas had seven catches on 13 targets for 116 yards against this awful Patriots defense, so it doesn’t look like they’ve figured out how to defend the pass over the course of the season. If Miami goes down early, which they should, look for Marshall to get somewhere around 15 targets from Matt Moore playing in catch-up mode and possibly end up with his best fantasy game of the season.

5.               Marques Colston (vs. Atl – Monday Night) – By no means has Colston been a fantasy savior this season, but he has been turning it on as of late and he absolutely loves to play these Atlanta Falcons. In fact, Colston has scored the more touchdowns and caught the second-most balls in his career against the Falcons. Back in Week 10 when these two teams faced off in Atlanta, Colston walked away from the Saints victory with eight catches on nine targets for 113 yards, numbers he should be able to at least repeat this Monday night. Considering how much these two teams score whenever they hook up (49.8 points per game in their last eight games), it wouldn’t shock me to see Marques end up with a touchdown or two to go along with his 100 yards.

6.               Larry Fitzgerald (@ Cin) 

7.               Roddy White (@ NO – Monday Night) 

8.               Steve Smith – Car (vs. TB) 


9.               Dwayne Bowe (vs. Oak) 

10.           Julio Jones (@ NO – Monday Night)

11.           Jordy Nelson (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas) 

12.           Jabar Gaffney (vs. Min) – TOP-5 SLEEPER CANDIDATE

13.           Jeremy Maclin (@ Dal) 

14.           Miles Austin (vs. Phi) 

15.           Percy Harvin (@ Was) 

16.           Dez Bryant (vs. Phi) 

17.           Victor Cruz (@ NYJ) 

18.           Santonio Holmes (vs. NYG) 


19.           Vincent Jackson (@ Det) – QUESTIONABLE TO PLAY

20.           Mike Wallace (vs. StL) 

21.           Laurent Robinson (vs. Phi) 

22.           Nate Washington (vs. Jax) 

23.           Hakeem Nicks (@ NYJ) 

24.           Santana Moss (vs. Min) 

25.           Antonio Brown (vs. StL)

26.           Darrius Heyward–Bey (@ KC) – POTENTIAL BUST

27.           Demaryius Thomas (@ Buf) 

28.           DeSean Jackson (@ Dal) 

29.           Stevie Johnson (vs. Den) 

30.           Brandon Lloyd (@ Pit) 

31.           Denarius Moore (@ KC) 

32.           Plaxico Burress (vs. NYG) 

33.           Nate Burleson (vs. SD) 

34.           Malcom Floyd (@ Det) 

35.           Mike Williams – TB (@ Car) 


36.           Lance Moore (vs. Atl – Monday Night) QUESTIONABLE TO PLAY

37.           Michael Crabtree (@ Sea) 

38.           Damian Williams (vs. Jax) 

39.           Pierre Garcon (vs. Hou – Thursday Night)

40.           David Nelson (vs. Den) 

41.           Steve Breaston (vs. Oak) 

42.           Torrey Smith (vs. Cle) 

43.           Randall Cobb (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas) 

44.           Titus Young (vs. SD) 

45.           Greg Little (@ Bal)

46.           Eric Decker (@ Buf) 

47.           Andre Roberts (@ Cin)

48.           Deion Branch (vs. Mia) – QUESTIONABLE TO PLAY

49.           Kevin Walter (@ Ind – Thursday Night) 


50.           Golden Tate (vs. SF)

51.           Reggie Wayne (vs. Hou – Thursday Night) 

52.           Robert Meachem (vs. Atl – Monday Night) 

53.           Early Doucet (@ Cin) 

54.           Jerome Simpson (vs. Ari) 

55.           Devin Aromashodu (@ Was) 

56.           James Jones (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas) 


57.           Doug Baldwin (vs. SF) QUESTIONABLE TO PLAY



58.           Jacoby Jones (@ Ind – Thursday Night) 

59.           Kyle Williams (@ Sea) 

60.           Vincent Brown (@ Det) 

61.           Lee Evans (vs. Cle)

62.           Davone Bess (@ NE)  

63.           Lavelle Hawkins (vs. Jax) 

64.           Donald Driver (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas) 

65.           Donte Stallworth (vs. Min)

66.           Dane Sanzenbacher (@ GB – Sunday Night, Christmas) 

67.           Jason Avant (@ Dal) 

68.           Brian Hartline (@ NE) 

69.           Ben Obomanu (vs. SF)

70.           Dexter McCluster (vs. Oak) 

71.           Brandon LaFell (vs. TB) 

72.           Harry Douglas (@ NO – Monday Night) 

73.           Earl Bennett (@ GB – Sunday Night, Christmas) 

74.           Jonathan Baldwin (vs. Oak) 

75.           Roy E. Williams (@ GB – Sunday Night, Christmas) 



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