Week 20
January 17, 2018


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Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap

Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.

01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action

Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.

01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength

Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.

01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy

LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.

01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down

DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.

01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone

Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.

01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar

In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.

12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut

Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.

12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing

Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.

12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.

12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream

Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.

12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk

Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.

12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying

James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.

12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting

The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.

12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game

Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.

12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters

McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.

12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out

Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.

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

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up

Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.

12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Houdini has been bitchslapping underperforming fantasy football players since 1994

Bitchslap!!! Installment 3 of 4 (2017)

Posted by Houdini on 12/13/17

by   The Archer


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Installment 3 of 4


We are in the fantasy playoffs now, and there are many of you who did not make it to the playoffs, and others who squeaked into the playoffs because they had these chumps on their rosters. We have a lot of guys that aiming for the Golden Sombrero BITCHSLAP!!! So, let’s take a deeper look at those jerks that ruined your run to the title and give them a good old BITCHSLAP!!!







You only played in three games during this period, and while your stats were not horrible, they were not great and kept you out of the top 12. You had two games with 253 or fewer passing yards, and threw four touchdowns with two interceptions over three games. That is not going to get your owners any wins, and you were a favorite pick by many in drafts this year. You have failed time and again, and once again you have earned your third BITCHSLAP!!!






This is just a sad fate for fat Eddie. There is no one that drafted you that still has you. You are only being started in 2% of leagues. You have no game left, as evidenced by your 26 carries for 68 yards and four catches for 29 yards with no touchdowns in three games. You are a guarantee for the GSBS!!!, but until then here is #3 BITCHSLAP!!!



Jay, you started off this stanza looking good by scoring a touchdown in Week 9, but you are not giving the yardage and consistent scoring to be counted on as advertised. I know you are in a crowded backfield, but when you only get 20 carries and two receptions over three games you know what is coming next…BITCHSLAP!!!






Martavis, you have been petulant all season, and you have frustrated the hell out of your owners. You missed Week 9 and then when you get the chance to play, you gain 42, 30 and 40 yards with one touchdown. Where is the big play? Where are the highlights? Your hair might have some highlights after your third BITCHSLAP!!!



Dez, you have been a total bust this year, and this frame was more of the same for your owners. Your high yardage game was 73 yards, and you had two games with fewer than 40 yards. Ohh, I almost forgot, you had no touchdowns either. You have been a waste of space on fantasy rosters, and have cost your owners all season long. This is a well-earned and deserved third BITCHSLAP!!!



DJax, you and Dez are very similar. Your high yardage game was 82 yards, but you had two games with fewer than 30 yards. You did manager to score a touchdown, but that was only fools gold when you total 195 yards over four games. The flash is gone in your game, but the flash is strong with my BITCHSLAP!!!






Martellus, you can consider yourself lucky that you will be exempt from the GSBS!!! due to your season ending injury, but before the injury you did nothing and here we are. In the two games you played you totaled six catches for 53 yards with no touchdowns. For all the talk at the beginning of the year of how you were going to be a top tight end in fantasy, we now have the definitive answer in your third BITCHSLAP!!!








Eli, this has been a horrible season for you and after this stanza you saw your iron man streak come to an end thanks to your coach and GM. You threw for 811 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions over four games, but your last two you threw for 318 yards with an interception. I teed up your brother at the end of his career, could the end for you be in the form of a BITCHSLAP!!!



Drew, you have been a fantasy darling for more than a decade, but you have been the ugly duckling for the owners that drafted you. You did have a monster game in Week 11, throwing for 385 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, but you only averaged 231 passing yards per game in the other three games with only three touchdown passes. The lack of touchdowns is the most concerning for your owners, and your ultimate fantasy failure this year. Those fantasy failures lead to another BITCHSLAP!!!






Shady, your performance during this period was down right shady. You started the stanza with a blistering 25 rushing yards on 12 carries against the Jets and were held under 80 total yards in three games with only two touchdowns to your credit. One good game out of every four is fantasy fool’s gold, crushing fantasy championship dreams, so it’s time to crush you with another BITCHSLAP!!!



C.J., you were just terrible during this stretch. Your high yardage game was 54 yards, and you only managed 116 yards rushing over four games with one touchdown and one fumble. Playing you is like buying a fine steak dinner and as soon as you finish throwing up all over the table. I’m sure that we will meet again in four weeks, but until then suck on your BITCHSLAP!!!






Jordy, this is pretty simple, all I have to do is say 35, 20, 24 and 11. Those were your game totals during this period. I don’t care who is at quarterback, that production or lack thereof sucks. How far the mighty have fallen, and you fell right into your second BITCHSLAP!!!



Amari, you played in three games during this stanza and you scored two touchdowns…good for you. Unfortunately, you only caught eight passes for 95 yards in those three games, and those are not the type of yardage totals your owners are looking for. You score like a utility redzone tight end, and that gets you your second BITCHSLAP!!!






Jason, you did a good job by converting your 16 targets into 16 receptions during this period, but you only managed 115 yards with no touchdowns. Without Zeek you were supposed to be one of the players that was going to step up their stats. Instead you stepped up to another BITCHSLAP!!!








Marcus, you did not have a good stanza, throwing for 972 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions. You threw an interception in every game, and highlighted that with four interceptions in Week 11. That is not the consistency that your owners were looking for, and you had them looking for other quarterbacks, which is a surefire sign you are in line for a BITCHSLAP!!!



Dak, you were supposed to show how you could carry the team while Ezekiel Elliott served his suspension, but you have only shown that you are not ready to lead on your own. In these four games you threw for 749 yards with two passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns with five interceptions. The worst part is that three of your four touchdowns all came in Week 9. That disaster you gave you owners led to your first ever BITCHSLAP!!!






Melvin, you only played in three games during this stretch, and you failed to deliver the knockout punch your owners were looking for. You had 57 carries and only managed 172 yards with one touchdown, and only added eight receptions for 38 yards. Those stats most likely cost your owners wins, and earned you the not there when it counts BITCHSLAP!!!



Leonard, you played in three games during this period, and while you rushed for 111 yards in Week 11, you totaled 58 rushing yards in the other two games and failed to find the endzone. You were dominating the fantasy world before this stretch, but now you can find out what it is like to get dominated with your first ever BITCHSLAP!!!



Kareem, you started off the season with guns a blazin’, but you were shooting blanks during this stretch. You played in three games and managed a total of 164 yards on 46 touches with no touchdowns. Early on this season you seemed like a runaway winner for the rookie of the year award, but this run of poor fortune means that you may be more likely to get a different award, so I am proud to present you with your BITCHSLAP!!!



Doug, you were just plain awful during these four games, and your stat line is cringe worthy. You carried the ball 54 times for 129 yards, and caught two passes for six yards. That is less than 40 yards per game, and of course you didn’t score a touchdown. You have not been a fantasy factor since returning, and that gets you a BITCHSLAP!!!






Crabby Cakes, you played so bad that a case of crabs would have been better than starting you during this period. You managed only nine catches for 91 yards in three games; thankfully for your owners you had a bye so they had to start someone else. Your poor play was highlighted by the donut you posted in Week 12, so now the best highlight for your owners is seeing you get this BITCHSLAP!!!



Mike, you were one of the best fantasy receivers last year, but that is a distant memory for your owners this year. In this stanza you were miserable, catching only 12 of 28 targets for a putrid 183 yards with no touchdowns. That used to be a one game total for you, not a four-game span. You have yet to step up and take care of business this year, so that means it is time for me take care of business by supplying you with your BITCHSLAP!!!



Emmanuel, you saw a good amount of targets (32) during this span, but you only caught 12 of them for 194 yards and did not find the endzone. You did at least do some damage in Week 10 with 137 yards, but that means you only managed 57 yards in the other three. That is a recipe for a BITCHSLAP!!!



Stefon, you started out the season with a bang and then missed a couple games, and were able to play in three games during this period. You have given way to Adam Thielen, and that was proven with you only getting 18 targets, catching 13 of them for 176 yards with one touchdown. The Vikings are rolling, but your fantasy owners may be reeling because of your numbers, so it is my duty to send you reeling with a BITCHSLAP!!!



Randall, you also have a lot of reasons why your numbers are not what they should be, but I don’t care for excuses. You caught 15 passes for 202 yards with a touchdown, but did not have a game with 60 or more yards. That puts you into the realm of mediocre fantasy receiver, and the receiver of a BITCHSLAP!!!



A.J., you were a first round pick in just about every league this year, and you have failed to give your owners a return on their investment. In these four games you totaled 15 receptions for 237 yards with two touchdowns. You also got kicked out of a game with only six yards, and had 66 and 50 yards in the other two. Normally you win your owners games with your performance alone, but during this period you cost your owners seeding or the playoffs, and that gets you a BITCHSLAP!!!






Austin, you started to come and seemed like you would be a player owners could trust in their playoff runs…they were wrong. You caught 14 passes for 122 yards with one touchdown and topped 40 yards just once during this stanza. You have yet to climb to the next level of fantasy tight end, but you did just get your first BITCHSLAP!!!





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