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Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else

When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.

07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend

Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.

07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins

Deadline Set for Miami to Re-Sign Landry

Landry will not negotiate his contract after the season begins. I’m not so sure Landry is in Miami’s future plans. They surely won’t franchise him for $18 million next year and they just gave Kenny Stills a nice contract.

Fantasy Goo:I believe Miami has high hopes for DeVante Parker becoming the wide receiver one they drafted him to be. That may be a tall task with Tannehill running the show, but Parker appears to be far more committed to improving this year.

07/15/17, 08:55 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers Backfield Community

Reports out of SF say that Hyde has to earn the starting job. SF drafted two running backs and signed several free agents in the off-season including Tim Hightower and Kyle Juszczyk. If Hyde stays healthy there’s little doubt he earns the job, but he’s in the last year of his contract so if SF has their expected slow start I expect them to turn to their other options quickly.

Fantasy Goo: There are also reports that Hyde doesn’t fit into the Shanahan system well, he’s a tremendous athlete, but this is the time of year to pay attention to the negative information when we usually see nothing but fluff.

07/15/17, 08:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Virgil Green

Denver Broncos

Denver Tight End Job Up for Grabs

The team did select tight end Jake Butt in the 2017 NFL draft, but a knee injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game may keep the talented rookie out of action for this entire season.

Fantasy Goo: Virgil Green is a blocker and AJ Derby is a natural athlete that converted to TE from QB, they believe he can be used in many ways and McCoy’s offense can use a third pass-catcher. Derby isn’t worth drafting, but we may want to keep an eye on him.

07/15/17, 08:42 AM CDT by Wheeler


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Denver Receivers Excited for New Offense

“We’ve got this new offense with Mike McCoy. We’re going to be throwing the ball around so my conditioning has to be up and I’ve been working on that.’’
Sanders is working on a healthier lifestyle and getting ready for a high paced offense. Thomas is just happy to get his favorite play back in the rotation (WR screen).

Fantasy Goo: Thomas’ ADP is rising to the second round, while Sanders’ is hanging around in the late fifth. If you miss on Thomas keep an eye on Sanders slipping to you. While we’re not sure who the QB will be, these two should be just fine where they are being drafted.

07/15/17, 08:37 AM CDT by Wheeler


Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McNichols Working on Pass Catching Skills

Jeremy McNichols has been working with the Bucs wide receivers. He's going basically undrafted, McNichols may be worth a late round flyer if you’re in a FFPC (28 round) draft, but we have to see what happens in camp before we can judge this one.

Fantasy Goo: Doug Martin’s ADP has risen to the point where he’s getting way too expensive. If he’s hanging around in the ninth or tenth he might be worth a shot, but there are probably better options to choose from before that point.

07/15/17, 08:30 AM CDT by Wheeler


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Opportunities in Colts Backfield

“As long as I’m healthy and my guys up front get me the opportunities, I’m going to be successful,’’ Gore said.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski remains squarely in Gore’s corner, but there figures to be more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. “You can go a lot of different directions in that you can feature more things or different things with different people,’’ he said. “Some of that will be personnel-driven.’’

Fantasy Goo: With no improvements to the O-line, Robert Turbin showing life in camp, and Marlon Mack being drafted, I don’t see how Gore improves on last year’s total. He keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny, but I think that cliff is close. I’ve been high on him every year until now.

07/15/17, 08:25 AM CDT by Wheeler


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron to see more red-zone targets?

Ebron’s ADP has risen 2-3 rounds, depending on your scoring, in the past two months. Everyone seems to think that Ebron will see more red-zone looks this year with Boldin’s 22 RZ targets leaving town. He has a very safe floor so there’s no real downside to drafting him in the eighth round or later.

Fantasy Goo: I’m going to keep an eye on Boldin as well, he hasn’t signed with another team yet, and he’s not finished playing. Detroit is still on the list of places he could end up.

07/15/17, 08:06 AM CDT by Wheeler


Gerald Everett

Los Angeles Rams

Higbee opens door for Everett

“Receiver Mike Thomas on Friday was suspended for the Rams’ first four games of the regular season because of a doping violation, and tight end Tyler Higbee entered into a plea agreement in connection with an incident that left a man hospitalized.”

Fantasy Goo: This could leave the door open for rookie Gerald Everett to get some major playing time right from the start. There will be plenty of hands in the pot for targets and we certainly aren’t looking for an explosive offense from the Rams, but this is something to keep an eye on as camps begin.

07/15/17, 07:52 AM CDT by Wheeler


George Kittle

San Francisco 49ers

Sleeper Alert: Kittle

Jon Lynch and the people in San Francisco have been raving about the performance of George Kittle in pre-season practices.

Fantasy Goo: As of now Kittle would still be behind Vance McDonald in the pecking order, but keep Kittle in the back of your mind as a potential sleeper at TE in 2017. But remember - he still is a rookie TE.

07/11/17, 01:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers

Rookie Slow Your Role

"McCaffrey, while not nearly as big and strong as Stewart, could be effective as a ball-carrier in a power scheme – something he showed throughout his career at Stanford. It’ll be interesting to see how the carries are divvied out week to week."

Fantasy Goo: I expect McCaffery to have numbers comparable to the above-average pass-catching backs, maybe a ceiling of 2013 & 2015 Danny Woodhead (or 2011 Jonathan Stewart), he’s being drafted way too early for redraft with a MFL10 ADP of 35 overall/ RB15.

07/07/17, 11:27 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

Stewart Not Done Yet

"Everyone from head coach Ron Rivera to running backs coach Jim Skipper has insisted that Stewart’s role will not change. And Stewart himself has made it clear he’s not at all concerned. The punishing 240-pound runner will continue to see the bulk of the carries."

Fantasy Goo: Fantasy Goo: With a MFL10 ADP in the 12th round Stewart is a steal right now, although the news is getting out and his ADP has started to rise since this article was released.

07/07/17, 11:23 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Get Money, Get Paid

The Raiders have locked up their QB for the future by giving him the richest contract in NFL history. Carr signed the extension for 5 years $125 million.

Fantasy Goo: We all expected Carr to be in Oakland for the foreseeable future, however there has been a history of players having down years right after inking big deals. Be on the look out for any news that implies Carr is getting complacent with his money. Otherwise, Carr is still a low end QB1 with some weekly upside.

06/22/17, 11:44 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Marquess Wilson

Chicago Bears

Jets Add Another Former Bear WR

After letting Brandon Marshall walk to the other locker room in NJ and releasing Decker, the Jets are starting to fill the void at WR with Marquess Wilson.

Fantasy Goo: Wilson isn't draft worthy as of now, but he has shown flashes in the pan with some big games. Keep him on your radar through the season as he could provide some strong weeks as bye week fill ins.

06/20/17, 01:19 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Christine Michael

Seattle Seahawks

The Asleepening: Michael to IR

Christine Michael will not be available for the Colts in 2017. He was placed on the IR.

Fantasy Goo: Robert Turbin has been getting hyped, as has their rookie Marlon Mack. With Michael out of the picture we will have a more clear idea on who will end up being the 34 year old running back's handcuff.

06/19/17, 01:46 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Eric Decker

New York Jets

Decker To Pursue Country Music Career

Nashville by far was the most exciting landing spot for the Decker's. Eric gets to play with the up and coming QB sensation, Marcus Mariota. And his wife, Jessie James gets to pursue her country music career.

Fantasy Goo: The Titans have turner their WR core from one of the worst in 2016 to potentially the best. Decker will likely play the slot and make his biggest contribution in the Red Zone, with a QB who is yet to throw a Red Zone pick in his career. Get your popcorn ready Nashville.

06/19/17, 01:39 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Eric Decker

New York Jets

Jets Release Decker

After trying to find a trade partner for Decker, the Jets have pulled the plug. Making Decker the most attractive free agent after the recent Maclin signing.

Fantasy Goo: The Jets passing attack could still be fantasy relevant as all signs point towards a season of tanking. Similar to the last few years in Jacksonville, expect the Jets to be passing heavily to Enunwa, Stewart and Anderson in negative game scripts.

06/13/17, 01:49 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Jeremy Maclin

Kansas City Chiefs

Maclin, Crab Cakes and Football

Crab cakes and football! Thanks what Jeremy Maclin is about for the next two years as he signs with the Ravens to add some depth at WR. Maclin will likely work out of the slot with Wallace an Perriman working the outsides.

Fantasy Goo: There will be plenty of balls to go around as the Ravens have led the NFL in pass attempts for the past two years, and the departures of Pitta and Smith leave another 223 vacated targets. Maclin will certainly benefit from the pass happy offense coming from a conservative KC offense that threw the ball 130 less times last season.

06/13/17, 01:40 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Uh Oh - Brown Tweaks Hammy

John Brown tweaked his hamstring in Cardinals mandatory camp. Soft tissue injuries tend to linger.

Fantasy Goo: Refer to Alshon Jeffrey for how bad soft tissue injuries can linger. If John Brown is limited by this expect another disappointing season from the speedy WR who also suffers from sickle cell conditions.

06/08/17, 11:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


WR Player Rankings - Week 12 - Thanksgiving

WR Player Rankings - Week 12 - Thanksgiving

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 11/24/10

by   The Archer


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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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