June 19, 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 - Week 12 - Thanksgiving

WR Player Rankings - Week 12 - Thanksgiving

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1.          Dwayne Bowe (@ Sea) – Bowe is on fire like no other in the league right now scoring 10 touchdowns in the last six games with at least one in each of them.  I can’t believe that streak will end against one of the bottom tier pass Ds in the game.  He’s definitely hit his stride so run with him while you can.


2.          Calvin Johnson (vs NE) – Oh my!  In the games that Shaun Hill has started this year, Calvin has averaged almost 10 targets, just fewer than six catches, 80.9 yards and exactly one TD per game.  With the Patriots pass defense ranking in the bottom five of the league across the board, Megatron could be in store for total domination this Thanksgiving.


3.          Roddy White (vs GB) – Roddy will likely be facing off against Charles Woodson for most of this game, but the massive amount of targets he receives and overall skill should be able to overcome the matchup.  It won’t be his best game of the year, but the great ones tend to step up in situations like these.


4.          Greg Jennings (@ Atl) – Jennings has been on absolute fire lately.  In the five games since Jermichael Finley went down for the year, Jennings has now grabbed six TDs while averaging nine targets, 6.4 catches and 104 yards in those games.  In what could turn out to be the game of the week, I expect both he and Rodgers to step up against very beatable Falcons secondary.


5.          Brandon Lloyd (vs StL) – The guy is a must-start every week no matter who the Donkeys play against.  He’s tearing up the league and could have some honors coming his way at season’s end.


6.          Andre Johnson (vs Ten) – Word is Andre looked as good as he has all season on the practice field this week.  Last year he averaged 113.5 yards and 1.5 TDs against these guys, so if he truly looks as good as he’s said to be, the old ‘Dre dominance could show up for a little post-Turkey Day feast on Sunday.


7.          Marques Colston (@ Dal) – Colston started the year off slow, so for those who had the patience enough to hold onto him, congratulations!  The guy could be fantasy gold this Thanksgiving going up against a Cowboys secondary that has a better chance of being caught eating a turkey leg on camera Thursday than defending a pass.


8.          Mike Wallace (@ Buf) – Wallace has now caught a TD in five of Roethlisberger’s six games this year and has quickly become Big Ben’s favorite target.  I can’t see a scenario where he goes through this game without reeling in yet another touchdown pass.


9.          Mario Manningham (vs Jax) – Manningham will be in the driver’s seat for some nice fantasy points this weekend with both Nicks and Smith out.  If he doesn’t reach 100 yards on a good 10 targets or so plus a touchdown, I’ll be shocked.


10.        Larry Fitzgerald (vs SF) – Fitz will have a chance to go over 100 yards and snag a TD against this mediocre 49ers pass D.  If Anderson keeps on throwing him the ball as much as he has been, Larry should have himself quite a game.


11.        Santonio Holmes (vs Cin) – Santonio is one of the hottest wide receivers in the game right now.  He and Sanchez have developed quite a rapport in just six games of action together, which makes it pretty scary to think about what they’ll do in the future together.  As for this game, the Cinci pass D is nothing special, so have fun riding out Holmes’ current streak.


12.        Reggie Wayne (vs SD) – The Chargers pass D is too good to expect Wayne’s normal numbers, but then again, Manning may have to depend on him even more.  It’s a tough one here to be sure, but Reggie is too good to be held down the whole game.


13.        DeSean Jackson (@ Chi) – I expect the Bears to keep DeSean from beating them deep, which could mean a relatively light game for The Green Blur.  Again, as it is with every guy on this team, you just never know what will happen with Vick under center.


14.        Vincent Jackson (@ Ind) – He’s back!  You can’t expect him to be in mid-season form, but it looks like Rivers doesn’t have a problem making even fourth-string WRs look good, so plant VJax in your starting lineup right off the bat this Sunday night.


15.        Steve Johnson (vs Pit) – Stevie J has been out of his mind this year catching 52 balls with nine of them going for touchdowns, three of them coming just last week against the Bengals.  However, though he might catch another one this Sunday, I wouldn’t bet the farm on it against this Steelers D.


16.        Mike Williams – TB (@ Bal) – Williams is the best of the three offensive rookie playmakers this year, and if anyone is going to continue with the fantasy studliness this week, it will be him.  He simply makes plays that shouldn’t be made by first-year guys, and he’s not intimidated by anybody.  Give him a shot against a Ravens pass D that will be beat at least once this game.


17.        Jeremy Maclin (@ Chi) – Maclin could be in for a whole boatload of targets this week if the Bears keep DeSean working in front of them all game.  His route-running and overall skills are actually better than those of DJax, so I expect Vick to find him at least six or seven times this game.


18.        Anquan Boldin (vs TB) – I just don’t see the Ravens passing the ball enough for Boldin to be considered a WR1 or even a high-end WR2 this week.  He should still be able to put up some numbers, but don’t expect more than that just because he’s playing against the Bucs.


19.        Dez Bryant (vs NO) – Dez continues to produce with Kitna as his QB, but this game will prove to be quite a test for the young rookie.  You can’t go against the type of streak he’s riding right now, but I certainly hope you have at least one or two better WRs you’re starting along with him.


20.        Sidney Rice (@ Was) – Rice was only supposed to play 15-20 snaps last weekend in his 2010 debut, but he ended up on the field for all but nine of the 57 offensive plays.  Not just that, but he said he felt “great” after the game and should be in line for a similar day this weekend.  If that’s the case, he’ll put up the numbers as Favre just loves the kid.


21.        Santana Moss (vs Min) – Moss is listed as “questionable” this game and will go down as a game-time decision for Shanahan.  Check out the news coming out of the Redskins’ camp at or to find out whether you should keep him in your lineup or not.  It’s a pretty good matchup for him if he’s healthy enough to go.


22.        Percy Harvin (@ Was) – Harvin could end up having a field day against this woeful Redskins secondary with Sidney Rice finally back from injury.  Play him with confidence and expect somewhere around 100 total yards and possibly a TD.


23.        Braylon Edwards (vs Cin) – Holmes isn’t the only one streaking right now as Braylon is having no problem picking up the slack left by the injured Jerricho Cotchery.  In seven of the Jets 10 games this year, Edwards has made a grab of 30-plus yards.  My guess is that he’ll do it again this week, and more.


24.        Miles Austin (vs NO) – I’m not entirely sure how this much talent can end up with just two catches for seven yards against the lowly Lions last week, but I guess the fact that both of them went for TDs says something… I’m just not sure what.  Miles always has the chance to put up some lofty numbers, but don’t expect the world on Thanksgiving against one of the best pass defenses in the game.


25.        Malcom Floyd (@ Ind) – Floyd is a little banged up, but I still expect him to play.  You might want to check the news coming out of the Chargers camp this weekend at either or just to be sure.  If he’s a go, he’s definitely worth a shot.


26.        Randy Moss (@ Hou) – Moss continued with his yearlong struggles last weekend in the overtime game against the Redskins as he caught zero passes for the second time this year.  Regardless of what has happened up ‘til now, I can’t very well tell you to sit one of the best three receivers of all-time against the worst pass defense in the league… even with a rookie calling the shots.


27.        Terrell Owens (@ NYJ) – The same goes for TO as it does for Ochoschizo.  Both Revis and Cromartie will get their chance to shut him (and his mouth) down this game and I expect them to do a pretty decent job.  Palmer will certainly be tossing it up his way quite a bit, but I still don’t expect more than WR3-type stats for Owens in this one.


28.        Nate Burleson (vs NE) – Burleson continues to reap the benefits that come with playing next to a force like Calvin Johnson.  Over the past three weeks, Nate has averaged almost nine targets, six catches and 85.7 yards a game while hauling in two TDs.  The Pats D allows for two WRs to have nice days against them, so you can bet Burleson will do at least a little bit of damage.


29.        James Jones (@ Atl) – With Driver still a bit gimpy, I expect Jones to continue to produce in his WR2 role this week against the NFL’s 24th-ranked pass D.


30.        Wes Welker (@ Det) – Welker should be able to gather in a good eight catches or so in this one as Brady has finally figured out how to get him the ball without Randy Moss in the lineup drawing coverage.  I can’t envision a ton of yards for the Slot Machine, but a short TD is definitely a possibility against a Lions D that has allowed 25 points per game in the last five contests.


31.        Michael Crabtree (@ Ari) – Crabtree was silent last week, but this Cardinals pass D isn’t too tough to beat.  I can definitely see at least four catches, and if he and Troy start rolling, he might hit 100 yards in this one.


32.        Chad Ochocinco (@ NYJ) – Whether it’s Revis Island or Cromartie Canyon guarding him this game, it won’t matter.  Don’t expect much more than WR3 fantasy stats at best for ol’ Ochoschizo.


33.        Deion Branch (@ Det) – The Lions corners have had a tough time this year, and the Brady-Branch combo won’t make their lives any easier.  Branch has an average of nine targets, seven catches and 70.5 yards over the past two games, numbers I can certainly see repeating themselves this Thanksgiving.


34.        Blair White (vs SD) – With Collie already ruled out for this game, White will have the slot position all to himself Sunday night.  Expect a bunch of targets as Manning will look to control the game with his dink-and-dunk method in this one.


35.        Jabar Gaffney (vs StL) – Gaffney is an up-and-down receiver with no rhyme or reason to his game, but he’s worth a shot against a Rams D that might slide extra defenders Lloyd’s way this weekend.


36.        Ben Obomanu (vs KC) – Obomanu has stepped up his game the past few weeks and will take on the WR1 role with BMW likely sitting out.  The Chiefs pass D is less than mediocre, so if you’re looking for a dark horse to throw in there this weekend, Obomanu could be your guy.


37.        Nate Washington (@ Hou) – Nate has been stellar the past three games either putting up 100 yards or catching a TD in each one.  If rookie Rusty Smith wasn’t the QB for this game, I’d have ranked him in the 20’s against the worst D in the league, but you’ll have to temper your expectations in this one because of Smith.


38.        Pierre Garcon (vs SD) – Garcon has been a train-wreck so far, so don’t expect a lot against one of the best defenses in the league.  However, if he draws one-on-one coverage all game, he might just be in line for a long one.


39.        Lance Moore (@ Dal) – Moore has been the most consistent of the Three Stooges sitting behind Colston (Moore, Meachem and Henderson), and I fully expect him to show it this Thursday.


40.        Mike Thomas (@ NYG) – Thomas will certainly be getting the targets in this game with MSW still on the sidelines, but he won’t be able to do much with them.  He’s a good PPR play, but not much beyond that.


41.        Johnny Knox (vs Phi) – If Asante Samuel suits up, Knox will be rendered useless.  If not, he has a chance to do a little something, but don’t expect a lot with Martz pulling back the playbook lately.


42.        Hines Ward (@ Buf) – Ward hasn’t been the same player this year as he has been in the past, but don’t write off the grizzled vet just yet.  Buffalo’s D is by no means anything special, so a nice game with a TD isn’t out of the question here.


43.        Brandon Gibson (@ Den) – Gibson has played real well the last few games and could be worth a shot against one of the worst defenses in the league.


44.        Steve Breaston (vs SF) – I’ll say it again:  Anyone playing alongside Larry Fitzgerald should be able to put up some decent numbers, and Breaston seems to be doing just that lately.  He’s gone over 90 yards the last two games, though the TDs haven’t been there.  He’s not a bad WR3 call this week.


45.        Danny Amendola (@ Den) – Amendola continues to be a nasty PPR player racking up eight receptions last weekend against Atlanta.  Look for around the same production against a weak Denver D this Sunday.


46.        Derek Hagan (vs Jax) – Hagan will have the first go of it as the replacement WR2 this weekend.  He caught a TD against the Eagles last Sunday night, so there could be some hope for the former third-rounder out of Arizona State.


47.        Louis Murphy (vs Mia) – Murphy is back, and being the WR1 on this team, he might be able to make a dent in the fantasy scoring column.  Don’t use him unless you have to however.


48.        Robert Meachem (@ Dal) – The inconsistency is maddening!  Meach may have caught two TDs last weekend, but he only caught three balls in total for just 50 yards.  Considering he’s caught more than four balls just once in a game this year, it’s tough to recommend him highly, but he’s definitely worth the chance against this porous Cowboys D.


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