Week 15
December 15, 2017


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Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat

Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Oakland defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.

12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS

Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.

12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square

Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.

12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol

Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.

12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.

12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return

Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.

12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap

Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.

12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week

Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.

12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere

Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.

12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time

Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.

12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman

Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.

12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com

Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake

Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.

12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle

Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.

12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up

Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.

12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors

Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.

12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.

12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity

Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.

12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet

To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.

12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder

Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.

12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

WR Player Rankings for Week 16

WR Player Rankings for Week 16

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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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