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January 24, 2015
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#1

Andrew Luck

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:03PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. QBs 3
23 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts QB 1
15 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs QBs 9
Belicheck
Sleeper

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Luck scored 23.4 fantasy points last week, and now has 48 fantasy points through his first two post-season games this year. Andrew threw for 265 yards, with two touchdowns, two interceptions, and 21 rushing yards. Luck has not had a lot of luck in throwing for a lot of touchdowns, with only one game throwing for more than two touchdowns in his nine played. Heading into action last week, the Patriots had only allowed one passing touchdown per game in their last four, but that changed against Joe Flacco and the Ravens. Flacco threw for 292 yards, with four touchdowns, two interceptions, scoring 30.6 fantasy points. The Colts gave Dan Herron 23 carries last week, but he only managed 63 yards, so expect Luck to be throwing the ball a lot in this game. When these two teams met back in Week 11, the Patriots handled the Colts easily, winning 42-20. Luck threw for 303 yards, with two touchdowns, one interception, and scored only 19.6 fantasy points. The Stanford standout is 0-3 in his career against Bill Belichick, and will playing him on his turf. This is a huge coming of age game for Luck, so expect him to use every weapon in his arsenal.


-Houdini

 
#2

Russell Wilson

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 23:52PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. QBs 1
20 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks QB 3
15 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs QBs 13
On Fire
Sleeper

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

There are a lot of doubters out there when it comes to Mr. Russell Wilson. A lot of haters, a lot of questions, and a lot of fantasy minds that can't come to grips with this kid's prowess. Hell, "Skepticism" might as well be his middle name. However, when the cards are on the table, Wilson usually ends up taking the pot. The kid ended up with the third-most amount of fantasy points in the league this year, yet he threw fewer passes than Alex Smith (who even missed one game)!!! It's obviously a different game than some of us are used to from the past, which means we have to understand just how significant Wilson's OTHER qualities are when it comes to Fantasy Football. The Green Bay Packers allowed the 5th-most rushing yards to QBs this season, which will surely play a part in what Russell does in this game. Will the Seahawks run Marshawn Lynch heavy and hard? Yes, there's no doubt about that. It's their key to winning this game. However, in the very first game of the 2014 NFL season, Seattle faced Green Bay and ran Lynch 20 times which he turned into 110 yards and 2 TDs. At the same time, Wilson came up with 2 passing TDs of his own and a total of 18.5 fantasy points. I believe the Packers will focus on Lynch quite a bit in this game, so look for Wilson to take this game into his own hands a little more than usual and come through with some stellar numbers for any fantasy player who decides to key him up this weekend.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#3

Tom Brady

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 23:53PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. QBs 2
18 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots QB 8
15 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs QBs 14
Belicheck
Sit

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Tom Brady led the Patriots to another first round bye as they advance into the playoffs but it wasn’t by any means the greatest statistical season of his illustrious career. It was however an improvement off his miserable 2013 fantasy season and he finished as a top 10 quarterback. Brady’s 64.2% completion percentage was the 5th highest of his career, the 4,109 passing yards were the 7th highest, his 33 touchdown passes were the fifth highest, and his fantasy point total was the fifth highest of his career. From Weeks 5-16 when Brady and this Pats offense were rolling with Gronkowski rounding back into form Brady averaged 21.5 fantasy points a game. Keep in mind that the Patriots have allowed only 26 sacks this season, the fourth fewest in the NFL, so he has had plenty of time to dissect defenses all season long. Terrific Tom led the divisional round in scoring as he threw for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns to 1 interception and also scored on a 4 yard touchdown romp. Brady and the Pats used an array of different formations and Brady got everyone involved as he completed passes to 7 different players. Brady will now take on the Colts for the second time this season. Brady was less than spectacular in their last matchup as he completed 63% of his passes for 257 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Patriots went with a ground based approach in the last matchup and Jonas Gray put up 201 yards and 4 touchdowns so the Patriots could choose to go with a similar approach after letting Brady throw it 50 times last week. The Colts allowed 15.9 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks on the season, but did hold Peyton Manning to the lowest point total among quarterbacks last week. 


-Stagg Party

 
#4

Aaron Rodgers

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 23:53PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. QBs 4
21 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers QB 2
11 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs QBs 1
Probable
Bust

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Rodgers has a combined 92.6 QB rating in his 5 career games versus the Seahawks. All told, he has 5 TDs (4 passing) and 1 INT. He averages 171.4 passing yards per game which does not exactly instill confidence.  He returns to Seattle this Sunday for a Week 1 rematch. That first game this year is a microcosm of his averages against the Legion of Boom. He tossed 1 TD, 1 INT and totaled 189 passing yards. He finished the day with a QBR of just 81.5 (his second lowest of the season) and just 9.6 fantasy points. Looking ahead to this Sunday, his calf injury is at the forefront of discussion. He was a limited participant in practice this Wednesday and Thursday and is currently listed as questionable. Considering he did not attempt to run until game time last week would suggest the serious reservations he and the organization have. All reports indicate no change from last week to now. If the Pack manages to get through this game with Rodgers intact, the two week layoff before the Super Bowl will be a welcome reward. Rodgers seems to turn it on during the playoffs. In 11 career playoff games, he has tossed 22 TDs, ran for an additional 3, and gave up just 5 INTS. He averages 255 yards a game and has an average playoff QBR of 105.3. Even with his hobbled leg, he was able to turn out a 300 plus yard game last week. He ended the day with 3 TDs and 0 INTS against the Cowboys. However, his countenance revealed his frustration. He did not have all of the weapons in his personal arsenal. Generally, teams must contend with his maneuverability, he can beat you with his arm, or his legs. Without that second option, Dallas did not break coverage in an effort to contain Rodgers when he escaped the pocket. Seattle’s D looked tough last week against an inferior Carolina offense. The Seahawks only allowed 17 points. They were able to sack Cam twice and picked him off just as much. Cam finished the day with 15.5 fantasy points. Seattle boasts the stingiest regular season defense allowing just 11.1 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. On the season, only 9 QBs were able to put up double digit fantasy days against Seattle. However, if you look a little closer, their #1 ranking is inflated by weak competition. They faced Peyton in Week 3. Since then, the best fantasy QB they went up against was Eli Manning, who finished the season #10. Even so, I think Rodgers will have a decent day, but as the 2nd most expensive Fan Duel QB ($9,100) I am saving my coin. Seattle is a scary good defense operating on their home turf, against a QB who is not up to snuff. 


-Mo

 
#1

Marshawn Lynch

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:11AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. RBs 3
22 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks RB 3
17 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs RBs 15
Start-Drop
On Fire

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Fugly McSkittles. That's all you really need to know in this game. When the Seahawks faced the Packers in Week 1 this season, Marshawn Lynch had 20 carries for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns, and the Seahawks won the game. If you know Seattle and what they do on offense, you'll also know that Lynch is the man when it comes to the Seahawks taking home a win. It will be interesting to see what Seattle does in the off-season when it comes to Marshawn, but for right now, if you expect anything less than 20 carries (which will be the absolute minimum) from the Beast and at least a touchdown in this all-important, Super Bowl-bound playoff game, then you just don't know the Seahawks. Lynch will get his due and in the end, should be able to carry his team to a second Grand Finale in as many years. He may cost you in FanDuel, but unlike what he put up against Carolina last week, he should be worth it. Period.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#2

Eddie Lacy

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:14PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. RBs 4
19 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers RB 12
14 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs RBs 3
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Although Lacy will be putting on the pads for his 3rd career playoff game, he has yet to cross an end zone in the post season. Last year, he rushed for 81 yards, averaging 3.86 in the Packer’s season ending loss to San Francisco. Fast forward to last week, he rumbled for 101 yards averaging a robust 5.32 yards per carry. If Mr. Peabody and Sherman scooped you up and traveled back to week #1 of this season, you would see Lacy putting up his second lowest yards per carry average of the season. In that opening game against Seattle, Lacy just mustered 2.83 yards per carry. He was only afforded 13 carries. Looking at the stat line, this is trouble-some. But, looks can be deceiving as he was concussed during the game and did not put in a full performance. He finished the day with just 45 all-purpose yards and just 4.5 fantasy points (his 3rd lowest of the year). Seattle finished the year as the 3rd toughest fantasy defense for opposing RBs. There were only a total of 4 RB performances against Seattle this year that garnered double digit fantasy points. Last week, Carolina’s three backs (Stewart, Whittaker, and Tolbert) could not break the double digit barrier as they finished with 9.9 fantasy points combined.  With their QB hampered, Green Bay will likely lean on their ground game. They seemed to save Lacy down the stretch for such an opportunity. Although Starks got some carries last week that was due to an asthma attack Lacy suffered in the 2nd quarter. Barring a blow to the brain, or lick to the lungs, he should see an increase in snaps this week. The Packers have a solid offensive line, especially at the guard position. Seattle’s defensive tackles are nothing to write home about, and McDaniel, the weaker of the two against the run, is currently listed as questionable. Pro football Focus gives both of them a negative rating against the run, and McDaniel comes in ranked #72 against the run, out of 81 guys. Lacy should have ample opportunity in this matchup. 


-Mo

 
#3

Dan Herron

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 19:08PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. RBs 2
17 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts RB 18
17 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs RBs 16
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Herron has been a strong fantasy play through the first two weeks of the post-season, with 33.6 fantasy points scored. He has been even more effective in PPR formats, with 18 receptions in the two games. Against the Broncos, he had 23 carries, with a touchdown, but only mustered 63 yards on those carries. Boom now has a touchdown in each playoff game, and will look to continue that trend against the Patriots. Last week Justin Forsett was able to run all over New England, with 129 yards on 24 carries, but he was held out of the endzone. The Patriots allowed a rushing touchdown to Anthony “Boobie” Dixon in Week 17, but that was their first rushing touchdown allowed since Week 9. The Colts will want to establish the run, and even if the running game is not working, Herron will get a lot of short passes to act as the running game. Boom should be able to find some holes in the Patriots defense.


-Houdini

 
#4

LeGarrette Blount

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:14PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. RBs 1
19 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots RB 14
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs RBs 22
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

LeGarrette Blount is coming off a fifteen game season in which he played for two different franchises. Since coming back to New England Blount has averaged 12 carries a game and become the lead power back in the Patriot Rotation. In his five games with the Pats, Blount has gained 281 yards and scored three touchdowns. On the season as a whole Blount finished the year with 547 yards on 125 carries and five touchdowns while catching 10 of his 12 targets for 54 yards. The Patriots went with an entirely pass oriented game plan last week against the Ravens and Blount got just 3 carries for 1 yard. Blount and the Patriots run game will have an opportunity to rebound going up against a Colts defense that allowed 19.7 fantasy points a game to opposing running backs on the season. In the last matchup between these two teams, Blount was still in Pittsburgh and Patriot running backs combined to score 51.8 fantasy points. Jonas Gray was not given the ball in last weeks matchup so there is a chance Blount could see a good number of carries in this matchup. The Colts gave up 88 yards rushing last week to the Denver Broncos and contained breakout star for a majority of the game. 


-Stagg Party

 
#5

Shane Vereen

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:14PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. RBs 1
19 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots RB 14
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs RBs 22
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Shane Vereen is coming off a nice season before entering free agency this offseason as he played a full 16 game season for the first time in his career. Vereen also set career highs in every volume category in 2014. #34 rushed 91 times (career high) for 391 yards (career high) and two rushing touchdowns. He also caught 53 (career high) of his 78 targets (career high) for 447 receiving yards (career high) and three receiving scores to tie his career high. Vereen proved to be a viable third down back in the NFL even though he wasn’t used to the same degree he was last season. Vereen finished as the 20th running back in PPR scoring and 27th in standard scoring en route to another Patriot playoff birth. Vereen was fairly last week against the Ravens as he had just one rush attempt for six yards. Vereen was moved around the formation a lot in the second half as the Patriots went with a full on aerial assault. In the passing game Shane was targeted 5 times and he caught 4 passes for 39 yards. Vereen’s work in the receiving game was good enough for a ninth place finish among running backs last week. This week Vereen gets a Colts defense that is not nearly as sturdy against running backs as the Ravens. In their previous matchup Vereen scored 7.7 fantasy points, as he caught all 4 of his targets for 59 yards and added a single 18 yard rush. The Colts did allow the 4th most receiving yards to running backs during the regular season so should the Patriots choose to throw it, Vereen should be able to pick up some yards via the receiving game. The Colts allowed just 1 receiving touchdown to a running back this season, which is tied for the second fewest, so expecting more than 60-80 total yards seems unwise. 


-Stagg Party

 
#6

Brandon Bolden

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 13:14PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. RBs 1
19 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots RB 14
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs RBs 22
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


-Stagg Party

 
#7

Zurlon Tipton

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:09PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. RBs 2
17 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts RB 18
17 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs RBs 16
Sleeper
Sit

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Tipton stepped in as the primary backup to Dan Herron last week, as Trent Richardson was a healthy scratch. Tipton only had two carries for 14 yards, and one reception for 12 yards in the game. The Colts are leaning heavily on Dan Herron, although Tipton had 11 carries for 40 yards, and one reception for six yards two weeks ago against the Bengals. It is not clear if Richardson will be active in this game, but if he isn’t, then Tipton should see more touches than he had last week. Zurlon could see a large uptick in his production if Herron has a case of the fumbles again.


-Houdini

 
#8

Jonas Gray

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:14PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. RBs 1
19 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots RB 14
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs RBs 22
Sit
Cold As Ice

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Jonas Gray was a second half break out performer, mostly on the back of his 201 yard 4 touchdown performance against the Colts earlier this season. Since being activated from the practice squad in week 7 Gray has topped 6.5 fantasy points in 4 of his 8 games (Gray sat out week 17 with a precautionary shoulder injury). Gray averaged a solid 4.6 yards per carry on the season and pounded in 5 touchdowns. In his last 2 games Gray has scored at least 6.5 fantasy points in each matchup. Gray did not receive a carry in last weeks matchup against the Ravens but proved to be a Colt killer in their last matchup. Gray had his biggest game of the season, and one of the biggest games of the season altogether against the Colts as he rushed for 201 yards and scored 4 rushing touchdowns. Gray played behind three other backs last week and is coached by Belichick so trying to guess his usage is like trying to break into the Federal Reserve. Gray could lead the backfield in carries like he did in Week 11 or he could be held to zero like last week, talk about risk and reward. 


-Stagg Party

 
#9

Robert Turbin

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:04AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. RBs 3
22 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks RB 3
17 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs RBs 15
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

For those who don't know football as much as they might like to, know this: Robert Turbin is actually the biggest of the three RBs they have on the team. What will that mean come Sunday? Not much, to tell the truth, but his experience alone will get him somewhere around 5-8 carries, which may be good enough to buy as a FanDuel user if you only have around the minimum dollars left to spend. In their first matchup of the year in Week 1 against the Packers, Turbin had 6 carries for 27 yards and in their game last weekend against the Panthers, he had 7 carries. He'll be used, as he should be, but he's still a rather large chance to take if you're looking to win the big bucks in your fantasy league.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#10

James Starks

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:14PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. RBs 4
19 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers RB 12
14 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs RBs 3
Cold As Ice
Sit

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Starks had 5 carries for 26 yards last week. Unless Lacy suffers another asthma attack, Starks will not factor much more than that in the upcoming game. There were only 2 games all season where he totaled double digit carries. At the rock-bottom price of $4,500, he is tempting, but the risk is high. Out of all the backs at that price, I like him the best. I might wait to fill in my RB#2 just to see what price range I will be afforded. Lacy will likely be the focal point, with Starks being the change of pace. He averaged just 7 touches in the last 3 games of the regular season with just 3.8 yards per touch. The guy only scored twice all year. Unless Lacey has a set back later in the week, it is a big gamble, even at the alluring price of $4,500, but the best of that grouping. 


-Mo

 
#11

Trent Richardson

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 19:08PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. RBs 2
17 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts RB 18
17 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs RBs 16
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

It appears that the Trent Richardson experiment in Indianapolis is over, as Richardson was a healthy scratch last week, and Zurlon Tipton took his place. Richardson has yet to play in the post-season, and he could be left on the bench again. In his last two games during the regular season, Richardson only had eight carries fro 12 yards, and three receptions for 17 yards. In real estate it is location, location, location, and in fantasy, Richardson is avoid, avoid, avoid.


-Houdini

 
#12

John Kuhn

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:14PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. RBs 4
19 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers RB 12
14 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs RBs 3
Bust
Start/Sit

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

KUUUUUUUUHHHHNNNN had just 2 carries for a total of 4 yards in the Dallas game. He has his token 1 TD this year. They guy has not scored 2 rushing TDs in a season since 2011. If you are thinking of a second Green Bay back, go with Starks who is going for $4,500 on Fan Duel, the exact cost of KUUUUUUUUHHHHNNNN.


-Mo

 
#13

Christine Michael

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:04AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. RBs 3
22 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks RB 3
17 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs RBs 15
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

It's hard to see the Seahawks using a young, inexperienced runner like Christine Michael in such an important game, but with as much as I believe the Seahawks will be running the ball this Sunday, you never know. Still, I wouldn't put any sort of FanDuel money on the kid until next year. Stay clear of the future stud until Lynch is off the team.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#14

DuJuan Harris

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 13:14PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. RBs 4
19 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers RB 12
14 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs RBs 3
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


-Mo

 
#15

James White

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 13:14PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. RBs 1
19 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots RB 14
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs RBs 22
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


-Stagg Party

 
#1

Jordy Nelson

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:21PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. WRs 4
31 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers WR 1
13 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs WRs 1
Cold As Ice
Sleeper

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

At $8,900, Jordy is the most expensive receiver on Fan Duel this coming week. That is a pretty penny for a player who does not exactly turn it up for the playoffs. In 10 career post season games, Nelson averages just 51.7 yards per game and has scored just 4 times. Unfortunately, it does not get much better when looking at his record against Seattle. He has played them 4 times and averages an atrocious 40.3 yards per contest and has yet to score. He is coming into this game cold off the Dallas matchup where he managed to secure just 2 of his 5 targets for a measly 22 yards. Jordy should have dominated his matchup last week, but saw some double coverage over the top. He will likely draw similar attention this week. When Jordy faced Seattle earlier this year in week #1, he ended up with 8.3 fantasy points. In that game, he was targeted 14 times, caught 9 balls for a total of 83 yards. Statistically, he had the better day of the Packers elite receivers however Cobb was able to cross the goal line giving him more fantasy points. Of those 14 targets, Byron Maxwell was on him for 10.  According to Pro Football Focus, Maxwell is ranked as their 39th best cover corner. In that first game, Sherman played a major role, as the Packers did not throw at him once. In recent statements, both Rodgers and Coach McCarthy said that will not happen again. In all likelihood, with Rodgers calf, and Seattle’s dominance against the pass, the Packers may lean more on their ground game. The Seahawks were #1 against opposing fantasy WRs on the season, nearly 5 points per game better than the second toughest D versus pass catchers. So they didn’t just bitch slap opposing wide outs, they were the Ike Turner of bitch slappers. There are a lot of factors going against the pass game, perhaps too many to warrant putting up the Fan Duel dough for Jordy Nelson. 


-Mo

 
#2

T.Y. Hilton

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:20PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. WRs 3
24 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts WR 8
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs WRs 4
Belicheck
Sleeper

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Hilton has struggled some in the playoffs, with defenses paying extra attention to him on every play. T.Y. has yet to hit pay dirt in the playoffs, and has 10 receptions for 175 yards, on 22 targets, good for only 17.6 fantasy points. This week he will likely see a whole of Darrell Revis, which will make it another tough game for Hilton. Last week the Patriots allowed 10 different players to make a catch, but only one of them, Torrey Smith, had more than 50 yards, with 62. The good news for Hilton, is that New England did allow two touchdowns to receivers last week. When these two teams met in Week 11, Hilton was limited to three receptions for 24 yards, on seven targets, without a score. Reggie Wayne was the big player in that game, with five receptions for 91 yards, but he has not been a factor in the offense this post-season. T.Y. should see a lot of targets, but being on Revis Island, will slow him down.


-Houdini

 
#3

Julian Edelman

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:30AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. WRs 2
19 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots WR 22
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs WRs 5
On Fire
Belicheck

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Julian Edelman is coming off a second straight season as Tom Brady’s slot machine, in what has turned out to be one of the best roles in all of football. Edelman was on pace to top his career high 2013 season before he missed Week 16 with a concussion and was basically held out in the final week of the season, concussion or not. Edelman finished as the 27th receiver in standard scoring after he caught 92 of 134 targets for 972 yards and 4 scores, he also added 94 yards on rushing plays. In his last two healthy weeks of the season (14&15), the former quarterback caught 15 of 22 targets for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns, and it was his best two-week stretch of the season. In last weeks matchup against the Ravens, Edelman was a big focal point receiving 14 targets from Tom Brady and also getting his first career pass attempt that of course went for a long touchdown to Danny Amendola. Edelman caught 8 of his pass attempts 74 yards but did not find the endzone himself. As Tom Brady’s preferred option out of the slot this week and likely to avoid the attention of Vontae Davis, Edelman could be a sneaky play for a nice game, especially as many of the other elite options have much tougher matchups. 


-Stagg Party

 
#4

Randall Cobb

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:30AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. WRs 4
31 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers WR 1
13 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs WRs 1
Start-Drop
Start-Drop

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

While Cobb finished the season ranked as the 5th best fantasy WR, Jordy Nelson, his partner in crime, earned his bragging rights as he ended up #2 overall. Cobb only had 1 game with at least 20 fantasy points, while Nelson had 4. However, Cobb was more consistent as he totaled 5 single digit days to Nelson’s 7. In recent games, defenses have been sending a safety over the top against Jordy. In their last 4 games, Cobb has received double digit targets 3 times. In their last 8 games, Cobb has 5 more targets than his cohort. In fact, in their last 4 games, Nelson only has one double digit performance, while Cobb is 100%. Seattle is tough on opposing WRs, on the season, they ranked #1 against opposing fantasy pass catchers. They gave up an average of just 13.5 fantasy points a game to the position. Hell, the Broncos were 2nd best and they gave up nearly 5 points more per game. This week, Cobb is only $100 less than Nelson on Fan Duel. Of the two, I would spring for Nelson, he was targeted 5 more times in their week #1 matchup with Seattle. Although Cobb had a better fantasy day, it was only due to his TD, which is something that is too difficult to count on for most guys. Jordy finished the day with 3 more catches and 25 more yards. If you are spending the Fan Duel dough on a high end WR, I am swinging for the fences, with Nelson over Cobb. 


-Mo

 
#5

Donte Moncrief

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:20PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. WRs 3
24 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts WR 8
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs WRs 4
On Fire
Cold As Ice

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Moncrief is a hot and cold player, and while he only had two receptions for 32 yards last week, he was targeted eight times, his first game with more than six targets since Week 8. Donte did score a touchdown in the Wild Card round against the Bengals, and last week was a learning experience for the rookie, struggling on the road in the playoffs. This week he will once again see a healthy amount of targets, as the Patriots will look to shut down T.Y. Hilton. The rookie has the speed to be able to break a big play at any time, and if the Colts can find a way to get him ball in space, he could have success.


-Houdini

 
#6

Brandon LaFell

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:30AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. WRs 2
19 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots WR 22
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs WRs 5
Belicheck
Belicheck

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Brandon LaFell has been one of the bigger surprises of this NFL season, as free agency rarely tends to work out for wide receivers in their first seasons as they switch schemes. After starting out the season with no catches through the first two games as he was called on to block on 37 of his 77 snaps, LaFell really turned it on starting in week 4. Since Week 4, LaFell has been one of the best fantasy receivers in the league. In those 13 games LaFell has caught 70 of his 105 targets for 907 yards and all seven of his touchdowns. LaFell finished his first season with the Patriots tied for 21th among wide receivers in standard scoring even though he was universally undrafted in most leagues. LaFell set career highs in every major receiving category in his first season away from Carolina. The former LSU Tiger finished as the number 5 receiver in standard scoring last week after catching 5 of his 7 targets for 62 yards and a score. This week against the Colts the matchup is a little different as the Colts are allowed just 19.3 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers on the season and allowed just 20.5 fantasy points to the Bronco’s dominant wide receiving corps last week. In their previous matchup this season LaFell was targeted just 4 times but did come away with a decent fantasy day as he hauled in three passes for 62 yards but was held out of the endzone. 


-Stagg Party

 
#7

Doug Baldwin

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:19AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. WRs 1
16 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks WR 31
23 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs WRs 21
On Fire
Cold As Ice

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

With the rookie Paul Richardson being out for this game and Doug Baldwin being basically the only receiver worth trusting in this offense, I expect him to see at least 7 targets and maybe more by the final whistle. What those targets will produce is kind of anybody's guess, but the kid at least has the fire to make something happen, as he did last weekend against the Panthers (3-38-1). Smaller, Slot-type receivers tend to do pretty well against this Packers secondary, so it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see Baldwin put up a decent game here. Not great, mind you, but at least worthwhile if you're strapped for cash in your fantasy league.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#8

Danny Amendola

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:24PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. WRs 2
19 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots WR 22
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs WRs 5
On Fire
On Fire

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


-Stagg Party

 
#9

Hakeem Nicks

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:24PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. WRs 3
24 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts WR 8
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs WRs 4
Cold As Ice
Sit

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Nicks was only targeted two times last week, but he had two receptions for 24 yards, including his first touchdown catch in his last four games. Hakeem is not likely to have a big impact in this game, but he is a threat in the redzone. When they faced in Week 11, Nicks only had two receptions for 15 yards, but one of those was a touchdown. Hakeem is likely to have a similar game, where he sees less than five targets, but will have a chance for a touchdown when the Colts are in the redzone.


-Houdini

 
#10

Jermaine Kearse

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:30AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. WRs 1
16 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks WR 31
23 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs WRs 21
Sleeper
On Fire

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Kearse has a real chance here to make a significant difference in this game, especially with Paul Richardson being out with a torn ACL. Last week he came up with 3 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown, which shows how explosive the guy can be. If Wilson needs to scramble a little bit during this game - which he will - then a downfield receiver will end up being the beneficiary of the time saved in the pocket. Kearse could very well be that guy and like last week, could win you a ton of money in your fantasy league.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#11

Ricardo Lockette

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:30AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. WRs 1
16 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks WR 31
23 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs WRs 21
Sit
Bust

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Lockette's strength is his explosive plays, which could certainly be a factor in a game like this. Green Bay will undoubtdly be paying attention to Marshawn Lynch quite a bit and could force Russell Wilson to have to work some magic throughout the game. If Lockette is on the field for even 10 snaps this weekend, considering Wilson's ability to make big plays, then Ricardo just might be the guy who changes the entire feel of the game.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#12

Reggie Wayne

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 19:09PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. WRs 3
24 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts WR 8
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs WRs 4
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Wayne has been non-existent in the playoffs, with one reception for 12 yards on three targets. Last week he was targeted once, and failed to score any fantasy points. He has seen his targets decrease each game over his last six games. Wayne had two touchdowns on the season, and his last came in Week 9. Reggie is really nothing more than a decoy at this point, and can’t be trusted for production.


-Houdini

 
#13

Kevin Norwood

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:30AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. WRs 1
16 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks WR 31
23 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs WRs 21
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

If the Seahawks decide to replace the loss of rookie Paul Richardson (ACL) with another rookie, Kevin Norwood, then Norwood just might be worth every penny you spend on him in whatever fantasy league you're playing in. He's extremely green in terms of experience, but his talent is unquestionable and could end up being one of the many unsung heroes of the playoff season. I can't say I would recommend him, but his price is right, so don't be afraid to spend your last few dollars on the kid.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#14

Davante Adams

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:21PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. WRs 4
31 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers WR 1
13 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs WRs 1
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

You heard it here first ladies and gentleman. Last week, I stated: “Davante Adams could be a sneaky play... Dallas struggles against #3 receivers.” So, if you had “the melons, it [did] pan out for you”. He wrangled 7 of his 11 targets for a team high 119 yards and was able to get into the end zone. I do not feel the same this week. In their week 1 matchup, Adams was the sacrificial lamb. Remember, Seattle does not move their corners around. So, coach McCarthy stuck Adams on Sherman’s side for the game, and nary was he heard from again That was the only game all season where Sherman was not thrown at once. Adams obviously finished the day with 0 targets. Although the Packers staff has come out and said that will not happen, they will pass to whomever is open. I say thou doth protest too much. It sounds like coach speak to me. If indeed you are going to sacrifice a receiver, Adams is going to be the one, leaving the tandem of Nelson and Cobb free to work the remainder of the field. There are only 2 teams out there that were tougher on opposing #3 WRs than Seattle. At the Fan Duel price of $6,000, I am spending my cash elsewhere. There are other bargains to be had in that neck of the woods. 


-Mo

 
#15

Brian Tyms

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 15:48PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. WRs 2
19 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots WR 22
19 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs WRs 5
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


-Stagg Party

 
#16

Jarrett Boykin

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:21PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. WRs 4
31 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers WR 1
13 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs WRs 1
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Boykin comes in at the rock bottom Fan Duel price of just $4,500. However, I am spending my dough elsewhere. Seattle is the 3rd best against opposing #3WRS according to Football Outsiders. Boykin has not caught a pass since week #13.


-Mo

 
#17

Jeff Janis

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 20:21PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. WRs 4
31 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers WR 1
13 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs WRs 1
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Janis is bottom of the barrel. The man has not caught anything but a glimpse from Aaron Rodgers all year long. In week #5, he managed to catch 2 passes, both of which were thrown by a Mr. Matt Flynn. 


-Mo

 

#1

Rob Gronkowski

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 21:05PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. TEs 1
15 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots TE 1
9 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs TEs 27
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Rob Gronkowski is coming off one of the best seasons ever for a tight end, stop me if you’ve heard that one before. A year after his ACL tear Gronk has come back and looked as good as ever, and he actually set a career high in targets this season despite missing the Week 17 tilt due to rest. Gronk started the year off slow in terms of snaps but when all is said and done he played 825, the 11th most among tight ends. When #87 was on the field he was always Tom Brady’s first read, leading to Gronk finishing first among the position in fantasy points by 30, even with that game off. Gronk finished the year with 82 catches on 131 targets and 1,124 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns. Among tight ends, Gronk led the way in targets, was 4th in receptions, led the way in yards, and tied for the most touchdowns. Gronk closed out the season with touchdowns in three straight games and added in one the divisional round to make it 4 straight.  Last week Gronk was a huge part of the game plan and actually registered the first 100 yard receiving game for a tight end against the Ravens this season. Gronk caught 7 of his 13 targets for 108 yards and ran a perfect slant route to score his what seems like weekly touchdown. In their last matchup against the Colts Gronk caught 4 passes on 5 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown. The Colts are tied for the third worst at defending opposing tight ends on the season, and with many of the other high profile receivers having tough matchups Gronk has a chance to outscore them all. 


-Stagg Party

 
#2

Dwayne Allen

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 19:10PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. TEs 2
14 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts TE 2
8 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs TEs 20
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Allen had 30 receiving yards for the second playoff game in a row, but he added a touchdown last week. Dwayne is a touchdown threat in the redzone, and now the he is healthy, he is once again that threat. Allen had seven touchdown receptions in his first nine games, and missed the game against New England with an ankle injury. DA will be on the field almost all the time, especially with his ability to block, which gives him more chances if Luck decides to audible. Dwayne does not have the high-end potential of Coby Fleener, as his high receiving game on the season only went for 64 yards, and that came in Week 1. What Allen does bring, is consistency and the potential for a touchdown.


-Houdini

 
#3

Coby Fleener

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 19:10PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. TEs 2
14 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts TE 2
8 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs TEs 20
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Fleener has been slowed down in the playoffs, with only four receptions for 67 yards on eight targets, with no touchdowns. Coby had his best success of the season while Dwayne Allen missed time with an ankle injury. During that span, Fleener faced the Patriots, and had seven receptions for 144 yards, on seven targets. Coby has not scored in a touchdown in five of his last six games, and he did not score his touchdowns against good defenses this season: Jacksonville, Tennessee, Houston, Washington and the New York Giants. He has a much higher ceiling than Allen, but he is less of a threat for a touchdown in this game.


-Houdini

 
#4

Luke Willson

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:36AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. TEs 4
7 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks TE 15
6 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs TEs 11
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Luke Willson is a LOT better tight end than most people realize. Whenever the Seahawks have needed him to pull through this season, whether it be due to injury (Zach Miller) or whatever, the kid has done whatever was necessary to consider him a worthwhile play in fantasy leagues. The tight end position is so extremely fickle nowadays that a guy like Willson just might be the man to put you over the top if you're looking to save a little money for the QB/RB/WR positions. Hell, the guy scored a TD last week while catching all four of his targets for 68 yards, right?! In this type of offense, lightning has every opportunity to strike twice. Luke, I AM your father... or at least your fantasy owner...


-Dawgmaticå

 
#5

Andrew Quarless

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 21:05PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. TEs 3
5 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers TE 23
7 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs TEs 18
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Quarless caught at least 2 passes every game from weeks #5 -#14. In that span, he scored 2 of his 4 TDs. Of course, much of that game time was due to fellow tight end Richard Rodgers struggling to stay healthy. Quarless did catch his 4th TD of the season last week. He finished with 4 receptions for 31 yards. Quarless is rated by Pro Football Focus as their #31 pass catching Tight End. This score is markedly higher than teammate Richard Rodgers who ranked #52 for his on field pass catching performance. Last week, Richard Rodgers, who did have a TD as well, only managed the 1 catch for 13 yards. While Seattle finished the season middle of the road against opposing TEs, in their last 5 games, they finished strong. In fact, only 8 teams allowed fewer fantasy points to TEs during that time. While I like Quarless more this coming week, you will have to decide if he is worth an extra $300 of your Fan Duel budget. Filling in your TE slot towards the end could provide clarity on this decision. In fact, if you can afford it, your Fan Duel budget might best be spent with a TE from the Indy vs. New England matchup. 


-Mo

 
#6

Richard Rodgers

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 21:05PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. TEs 3
5 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers TE 23
7 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs TEs 18
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Yes, Rogers did indeed score last week. He made the most of his 1 catch. He finished with 13 yards on the day. Seattle looks average on the season against TEs. In their last 5 regular season games, they tightened up considerably. In fact, there were only 8 teams stingier against the position in that time. Richard Rodgers has a Fan Duel price of $300 less than Quarless. Although Quarless has a better playoff game, in their final 2 games of the regular season, Rodgers had 7 receptions for 53 yards. Meanwhile, Quarless only managed 2 for 17. I suggest looking to the Indy vs. New England game for a TE play this week. 


-Mo

 
#7

Jack Doyle

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 19:10PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
New England Patriots Defense vs. TEs 2
14 Fantasy PPG by Indianapolis Colts TE 2
8 Fantasy PPG allowed by New England Patriots Defense vs TEs 20
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Doyle has seen more action since Week 16, and the Colts are utilizing two and three tight end sets in the playoffs. Doyle has three receptions in each of the playoff games, but has only totaled 23 yards, without a touchdown. Jack has been targeted 15 times in his last four games, and did score a touchdown against the Titans in Week 17. Doyle will only factor if he catches a touchdown.


-Houdini

 
#8

Tim Wright

Updated on Friday, Jan 16 - 21:05PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. TEs 1
15 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots TE 1
9 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs TEs 27
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Tim Wright has been a beneficiary of Gronk returning to his dominant form. Wright was acquired just before week 1 and was immediately inserted as the teams second option in terms of a pass catching tight end. Wright played just 31% of the teams offensive snaps but made the most of the opportunities he was given as he scored 6 touchdowns on the year. Wright played in every game this season but failed to score a fantasy point in 6 games, and was untargeted in 4 games. When Wright was involved in the game he did make plays as he caught nearly 79% of his targets for 259 yards and those 6 redzone scores. #81 version 2 had a five game stretch in the middle of the season in which he scored an average of 10.86 fantasy points a game, with three games scoring in double figures fantasy wise. Ever since his Week 12 performance against the Lions however, Wright has disappeared with just 3 catches on 7 targets for 39 yards. Wright played just three snaps last week against the Ravens and was not targeted even though the Patriots went with an almost exclusive pass gameplan, especially in the second half. Wright did score the last time these two teams matched up so he could potentially be in line for another short one as he scored from just 2 yards out in the last matchup. 


-Stagg Party

 
#9

Cooper Helfet

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:41AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. TEs 4
7 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks TE 15
6 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs TEs 11
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Cooper Helfet might actually be the most gifted of the Seattle Seahawks tight ends right now, but his health is a question, as is the coaching staff's confidence in him. If he suits up and is active for the game, he might be worth a shot in the dark... a looooong shot in the pitch-black dark.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#10

Michael Hoomanawanui

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 13 - 16:03PM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Indianapolis Colts Defense vs. TEs 1
15 Fantasy PPG by New England Patriots TE 1
9 Fantasy PPG allowed by Indianapolis Colts Defense vs TEs 27
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason


-Stagg Party

 
#11

Tony Moeaki

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:41AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Green Bay Packers Defense vs. TEs 4
7 Fantasy PPG by Seattle Seahawks TE 15
6 Fantasy PPG allowed by Green Bay Packers Defense vs TEs 11
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

If Moeaki plays in this game... which is iffy... then he has as good of a chance to score a touchdown as, say, Tim Wright of the New England Patriots. He's talented enough to make some noise, but the unpredictability here is just to scary to promote.


-Dawgmaticå

 
#12

Brandon Bostick

Updated on Saturday, Jan 17 - 00:36AM CST

 
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE PYRO POWER RANKINGS
Rank
Seattle Seahawks Defense vs. TEs 3
5 Fantasy PPG by Green Bay Packers TE 23
7 Fantasy PPG allowed by Seattle Seahawks Defense vs TEs 18
Injury
Injury

(Rank: 1=Easiest 32=Hardest)

The Reason

Bostick is the 3rd string TE. Mainly, he is used as a blocker. He only has 4 targets all season. 


-Mo