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Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Starts Season on PUP

The Redskins have not released a specific injury, so we must assume that its connected to the shoulder or recurring concussions.

Fantasy Goo: I would hold off drafting any shares of Reed until the injury is confirmed. The Redskins opened training camp today, although unlikely it could be a new concussion or concussion-like symptoms, any new concussion issues will likely land Reed out of football.

07/26/17, 04:41 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Trevor Siemian

Denver Broncos

Siemian To Open Camp As Starter

Trevor Siemian will start training camp with first team. He and Paxton Lynch will rotate daily.

Fantasy Goo: While both have similar season total values, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both clearly benefit from opposite receivers. Lynch adds value to Sanders gets a boost due to the deep ball and Siemian boosts Demaryius due to short ball accuracy.

07/26/17, 02:30 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Cody Kessler

Cleveland Browns

Kessler Opens Camp as QB1

Mary Cay Cabot has reported that Cody Kessler will get the first crack as starting QB in Brown's camp per Hugh Jackson.

Fantasy Goo: Kessler has the highest upside of of the Brown's current QB's in 2017. DeShone Kizer may be the long term plan, but I like Kessler for fantasy production in 2017.

07/26/17, 11:19 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell To Holdout

Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down a 5 year extension averaging $12 million per year, and still hasn't signed his tender. Now star WR, Antonio Brown is calling out for the RB to show up and play via Instagram.

Fantasy Goo: The $12 million would make Le'Veon the highest paid RB in the and 50% higher than the current bread winner, LeSean McCoy. To me this says that Lev is going to hold out and is willing to miss regular season games (and paychecks) to receive a massive deal.

07/26/17, 11:09 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Jordan Matthews

Philadelphia Eagles

Matthews Knee Tendinitis Could Be Serious

Jordan Matthews has had a knee issue for the past month, so there is a chance it is more serious than tendinitis. This is a big story to keep track of through the Eagles training camp which kicks off today.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews is in elite company as one of only 5 WRs to open their career with 3 consecutive season with 65+ catches and 800+ yards. Joining Randy Moss, Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Green and Mike Evans. If this issue persists or worsens, that success probably wont be sustained through a fourth season.

07/26/17, 10:27 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Ty Works With The Footwork King

Ty has reportedly been working out with Rischad Whitfield out of Houston to improve his footwork. Whitfield has been credited for working with both Melvin Gordon and Le'Veon Bell prior to their respective breakout sophomore seasons.

Fantasy Goo: This is not a guaranteed success as he also has worked with the likes of Jaelen Strong and Josh Huff so take this news with a grain of salt. However, Ty could see a vast improvement with improved footwork he could hit more holes, and have the confidence to be patient and let blocking develop.

07/26/17, 10:19 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Theo Riddick

Detroit Lions

Riddick Reportedly In Line for RZ Work

Tim Twentyman of the Detroit Lions homepage expects Cooter to utilize Riddick in the Red Zone more in 2017.

Fantasy Goo: Riddick converted all 3 of his RZ targets into scores. But this report contradict's Warren Sharps analysis that shows rushing in the RZ has a 58% success rate vs 43% for passing. I'm calling this news fluff and still expect big things from Abdullah.

07/26/17, 10:07 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Throw More Coal Into The Jay-Train

Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins All-Pro caliber center, should be back and healthy for camp.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi averaged 18.8 fantasy points with Pouncey on the field compared to 9.0 without his star center. Expect Ajayi to have a sharp increase in price due to this news.

07/26/17, 09:51 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Kenneth Dixon

Baltimore Ravens

UPDATE: Dixon Out For Season

Dixon's surgery today was a repair of the meniscus rather than a trimming. This is the better surgery for long term use, but Dixon will not play in 2017.

Fantasy Goo: Terrance West steps in line for a large workload, but the 2016 number one pass offense in terms of volume will see a high dosage of Woodhead and potentiall Buck Allen out of the backfield.

07/25/17, 05:30 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Vance McDonald

San Francisco 49ers

Niners Cutting McDonald?

“One of the final moves of the previous regime was to sign off on a contract extension for McDonald, who was guaranteed $9.1 million with his new deal in December. Now, McDonald is not assured a roster spot as he and the other holdovers face stiff competition from the newcomers who were hand-picked for the scheme.”
If SF cut’s McDonald they still have to pay him his 9 million guaranteed money and take a 3.5mil cap hit this year.

Fantasy Goo: McDonald was one of my early season deep sleepers, but rumors of SF wanting him out have caused me to back off. His draft price has dropped like a rock and now I’m thinking that these beat reporters are out of their mind. I’m going back to targeting McDonald in the 18th round or later. He could have a huge year in the Shanahan offense.

07/25/17, 12:56 PM CDT by Wheeler


Kenneth Dixon

Baltimore Ravens

Dixon Under the Knife

“The Ravens' need for another back intensified this week when the team learned that Dixon tweaked his knee while working out before training camp. Dixon, a second-year back, is believed to have a torn meniscus in his knee, according to sources. He'll have surgery today and the team will know more about the severity of the injury. This is Dixon's third knee injury since the Ravens took him in the fourth round of last year's draft.”

Fantasy Goo: This could set-up very well for Terrance West, but as someone who watched him in college, he’s not going to earn much more than what is blocked for him. If Woodhead is able to get back to full capacity we could also see a big year from him, especially in PPR. Either way this backfield is still looking like a committee that shouldn’t be considered until after the sixth/seventh round of your draft.

07/25/17, 09:37 AM CDT by Wheeler


Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks

Lynch Not a Bell-Cow

“The depth at running back means he won’t have to shoulder a huge load. Something in the range of the 195 carries Latavius Murray had last year should suffice, perhaps less if both Washington and Richard see an increase.”

Fantasy Goo: If Lynch is at full-strength he won’t need to be a bell-cow to out preform Murray’s performance from last year. Murray finished as the RB13 (std scoring) in 2016, despite being fairly inefficient behind a top-5 O-line. I expect Lynch will be there to take Murray’s vacated red-zone carries, but expect to see DeAndre Washington take a larger role in this backfield, especially when we get to the second half of the season, and your fantasy playoffs.

07/25/17, 07:36 AM CDT by Wheeler


Paul Perkins

New York Giants

Perkins Not Ideal For 0-RB

Many fantasy analysts are valuing Perkins very high due to reports that he could be a 3 down back for the Giants.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have produced only 11 rushing TDs over the past two years. They have failed to have a 1,000 yard rusher since 2012 nor have they produced a PPR RB over RB20 since 2011. Perkins who lost college rushes to a Linebacker has limited upside in the Giants offense.

07/24/17, 11:47 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Sammy Watkins

Buffalo Bills

Watkins All The Way Back?

"After the season finale in New York, he said he hoped to avoid surgery, but days later elected to have the procedure done. His rehab appears to be on schedule, as he was able to participate in a few team drills before the Bills wrapped up their spring practices. With six weeks between mandatory minicamp and start of training camp, Watkins should be close to 100 percent when camp starts Thursday."

Fantasy Goo: Watkins has WR1 upside when he is healthy and he is currently being drafted in the third round. Others that have gone through this procedure and have come back to full upside include; Julian Edelman, Dez Bryant, and Julio Jones.

07/23/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Lacy Loses Weight, Gains Primary Role

“Lacy is the favorite to start over Thomas Rawls, who will still have a role. At a minimum, C.J. Prosise will be the third-down back and a big factor in the passing game.”

Fantasy Goo: In the five games he started last year, Lacy averaged over five yards a carry, all of Rawls value stems from four random, good games he had against weak defenses in 2015. Lacy’s biggest competition is going to come from Prosise. Prosise is a converted from receiver in college and at 6’, 220lbs, has the size-speed combo to take over as the primary back.

07/23/17, 06:56 PM CDT by Wheeler


Robert Kelley

Washington Redskins

Fat Rob Gets the Nod

Rob Kelley is slated to be the starting RB in Washington, however Perine will still have the opportunity to play a big role in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Though Perine may be the higher scoring back in 2017, getting a couple early games from Kelley could be very valuable given his low draft cost.

07/23/17, 01:37 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Duke Johnson

Cleveland Browns

Duke Johnson In The Slot

As reported by Mary Cay Cabot, Duke Johnson is likely to take over slot WR work from Andrew Hawkins who is now a Patriot. This depends on Josh Gordon's status if he is granted reinstatement in September.

Fantasy Goo: Until we get news on Gordon, Duke Johnson should be in line to see about 50 additional targets in 3 WR sets. This number will likely be allocating among Johnson, Njoku and DeValve.

07/23/17, 01:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

Last Hurrah for Palmer?

"Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." After finding the right work-out regimen Palmer was the number 8 QB over the last eight weeks of the season. David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

Fantasy Goo: Palmer could be the reason why late-round QB works this year, with an ADP around QB20 Carson has real bounce back potential and is practically free. The stat to watch to indicate 2017 success will be decreasing his league high 137 hits from 2016.

07/22/17, 01:43 PM CDT by Wheeler


Zach Miller

Chicago Bears

Bears Overload at TE

Miller's contract has one year remaining with a base salary of $1.5 million and the issue the Bears have to tackle is if they can take a chance knowing Miller's durability issues. He has played in 25 games and missed 23 since joining the team in 2014. The only free agent that received more guaranteed money than quarterback Mike Glennon was Dion Sims, who signed an $18 million, three-year contract with $10 million guaranteed, ensuring he will be a big part of Dowell Loggains' offense.

Fantasy Goo: The Bears are five deep at TE right now after drafting Adam Shaheen, acquiring Daniel Brown from Baltimore, and signing UDFA Ben Braunecker. Miller seems like the odd man out here and that’s why he is no longer a late-round flyer in deep leagues. I’ve switched gears to Dion Sims simply because of his athleticism and the Bears investment in him as an every-down TE.

07/22/17, 01:15 PM CDT by Wheeler


Anquan Boldin

Detroit Lions

Boldin Trying Buffalo

Boldin will be working out for the Bills on Monday (7/24) “Boldin, 36, led the Lions with 22 red zone targets last season. He had 67 catches and a career-high eight touchdowns, though he averaged a career-worst 8.7 yards per grab (584 yards in total).” The Bills are looking pretty shallow at WR at this point, they’ll probably be looking to have a few other guys in as well.

Fantasy Goo: This could cut into any upside we were hoping for from Zay Jones, although you could argue that they are much different types of receivers that just happen to both work out of the slot. Boldin will certainly vulture some TD’s from the wide receivers, but it absolutely crushes any chance of Charles Clay having any value and probably snakes away a little of Johnathan Williams receiving potential.

07/22/17, 12:17 PM CDT by Wheeler


The good and the bad of fantasy football for the 2016 season

Cheers & Jeers: A Look Back on the 2016 Fantasy Football Season

Posted by d-Rx on 12/30/16

by   The Archer


More Articals


A FF Podcast Network Collective Article


Mo, Partner at Pyromaniac -



Trends come and go in this fast paced world of ours. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… the pet rock, the band – Hanson, David Hasselhoff, Urkel, Pop Rocks, mood rings, David Hasselhoff again, pegged jeans, the mullet, the macarena, David Hasselhoff (come on Germany, seriously!), Gary Coleman, dapping (enough already), the Boz, and finally Garbage Pal Kids. Well, the same type of trending occurs in fantasy. However, the concept of drafting a QB late, the notion of streaming, can officially be declared a success.


In a year in which the fantasy pundits will debate the validity of “zero RB”, the benefits of QB streaming has with stood the test of time. In fact, for the past several years, there have been at least 40 different QBs that have finished inside the top 12 for a given week.  Take a look at Cam Newton. He was fantasy’s best QB in 2015. After the 2016 fantasy championships, he is ranked as the 17th best QB. While posters of Screech have not seen a bedroom wall for over a decade, the benefit of targeting a QB late in your draft is certainly a strategy to employ in 2017. Consider this, every week on the Pyro Light Fantasy Football podcast, I selected one official QB that was available on at least 50% of NFL Fantasy waiver wires. Tallying my picks up from weeks 1-16, if you took my advice, you would have finished with fantasies 7th best QB. Not only is streaming a QB viable, I dare say it should be a weapon employed in your fantasy arsenal going into next season.



Things can look pretty bleak when you have literally been stabbed in the back, and your “friends”, your brothers in black have left you for dead, bleeding out on the cold, white snow. Alright, so the fantasy season perhaps is not as bad as things once looked for Jon Snow, but things were fairly grim.


Woa to yea who do not recognize power in numbers. For example, looking at fantasy relevant offensive positions, there were only 13 teams that were in the top 10 for at least two fantasy spots (QB, RB, WR, TE). That means, well over 50% of the NFL teams failed to place inside the top ten for more than one fantasy position. So, I give a plethora of fantasy owners a defiant BOOOO! In the NFL, unless you have a good QB, your WR play is going to suffer significantly. If you only have a running game, then teams will be able to stack the box and ultimately shut you down (Yeah, I’m looking at you LA). For far too long, there has been this fear of drafting multiple guys from the same team for fear of cannibalization. That is the very archaic thinking that I am jeering. Think about it, for every first down your WR gives you, that is three more downs to produce fantasy numbers for your TE. For every ten yard catch your TE delivers, it is that much closer to the red zone for your RB. So I say Jeers to those owners that draft talented players that are on an island, they are their teams ONLY fantasy relevant talent, and therefore, easy for defenses to key in on and stop. Out of the top 10 RBs, only 2 (McCoy and Howard) are on teams that do not have any other top 10 fantasy relevant players. Out of the top 10 WRs, only three are on teams that positional, have not other top ten rankings (the Bucs, the Giants, and the Sea Hawks).  The concept of cannibalization is a thing of the past, and I say “Shame! Shame! Shame!” to you fantasy owners who are not targeting multiple players from the elite teams. Indeed, there is Power in Numbers!




Jared Chastain, Co-Host of The County Fantasy Sports Podcast -


I view my utmost cheer from an analytical perspective rather than as a player of fantasy football. In February I was on the Fantasy Life App and created a post. The topic was David Johnson. I had asked the other users if they thought he would be a top 3 running back in 2016. The responses I received were roughly an 80/20 split in favor of no. Some called me crazy. Some said he would be a top ten back but had no real belief that he could exceed that. When analyzing DJ this early offseason it seemed obvious he would be involved in both major aspects in 2016. I viewed him as a player with a bell-cow mentality that also possessed the versatility needed to be a successful pass catcher, thus making him a surefire three down back. Averaging 18.6 standard points on 21 touches in his final five regular season games, and with Palmer and Fitzgerald aging it seemed ideal to me that Arizona would rely heavily on a player with DJ’s skill set as much as possible to ensure they maintain the level of success they had encountered since Bruce Arians took over. Hats off to David Johnson & Arians for proving me right.



My biggest jeer dates back to the conclusion of the 2015 season. I was 5-6 in my hometown league, which I am the commissioner of, and needed to win out to make the playoffs. I didn’t think I stood a chance so I traded away AP for a future pick. When the season concluded I realized not only would I have made the playoffs if I had kept Peterson, but I would’ve won the league. I facepalmed and decided to move along. At this year’s draft I used my acquired pick on ARob when Zeke was still on the board. I had been banging the Zeke drum all offseason, declaring he would be a top 5 back since approximately the day he was drafted. I decided to go against my gut to choose the “safer” option. To make matters worse, I used my following pick on Keenan Allen while Evans was available, which happened to be my gut call. In a nutshell I missed the playoffs, and my case of bad timing cost me two championship caliber players and replaced them with arguably the biggest bust of the 2016 season and a player who didn’t play more than a half of football.



Ryan Skolrud, Founder, SkullKing Football -

As a fantasy football guru, I play in many leagues every year. I promised my wife that I would cut back this season, so instead of 7 leagues, I played in 5, lol. My “Cheer” and “Jeer” just so happen to be from the same league.




In one of my leagues, we have a $60 entry fee, $50 into the season long pot divided between the top 3 players at the end of the year, and $10 into a side pot for the highest scoring single week of the regular season. I had finished first and third in the first two leagues of its existence, but had never come close to the single week high score, until Week 3 of this year when the stars perfectly aligned. When I finished my draft for this team, I knew that I had a chance to put up a ton of points every week. It just so happens that Week 3 was when it would all come together. Marvin Jones went 6/205/2, Mike Evans went 10/132/1, AJ Green and Tyrell Williams and Dennis Pitta hit projection, and Mark Ingram and Charles Simms combined for 132 rush yards, 10 rec., 99 rec yds, and 2 TD. Matthew Stafford also contributed to the points fest with the help of Jones, going 385/3/1. To top it all off, New England’s defense foreshadowed the extreme inefficiency that would plague the rest of Brock Osweiler’s 2016 season. In the end, it was a great week. In a multi-bonus, PPR league I finished with 273 points when the average weekly score for the league was 174 points.



In Weeks 1, 3, and 13 of the fantasy season I broke 210 points in the above mentioned league and went 2-1 in those three weeks. Unfortunately, I went 2-8 over the other 10 weeks of the season. There were a lot of reasons for the poor performances of my team in those 10 weeks. I dealt with injuries as AJ Green ended his season in week 11, Charles Simms went on IR for 8 weeks, Danny Woodhead tore his ACL in week 2, Antonio Gates had issues staying healthy and then trying to fight off Hunter Henry for productivity. However, There was a fair bit of mismanagement on my part as well. Jay Ajayi was on my bench for both of his 200 yard games during the regular season. Isaiah Crowell and Latavius Murray would both put up RB1 performances every week, as long as they were on my bench and not in the starting lineup. Marvin Jones decided to disappear for the remainder of the season after that Week 3 breakout game. Willie Snead made sure to lose a ton of production to rookie WR, Michael Thomas. And in one of the weeks that I needed him most, Mark Ingram lost a fumble on his first carry after a gain of 5 yards and was benched for the remainder of the contest in favor of Tim Hightower, netting me a whopping total of -2.5 points. This was the worst season in my fantasy career. But everyone has seasons like this every once in a while, so I am looking forward to bluer skies in future seasons.




Johnny Slokes @johnnyslokes & K-mill @kmill5thdown -

The 2016 fantasy football season has come and pass before our eyes. Now we are going to look back on a couple of cheers (good) and a couple of jeers (bad) players this year. We’ll also pick one colossal bust and another player that suffered from injuries.


Surprise Players of the Year


Johnny Slokes: Jordan Howard - How great has this guy been? 9 games over 100 yards from scrimmage, 7th in the league in rushing yards with 1,178 with another 298 receiving. He only needs 61 yards to break the Bears rookie rushing title. Waiver wire darling of the year.


K-Mill: Michael Thomas - In a year with a lot of focus going towards Laquon Treadwell and Corey Coleman, it was Michael Thomas that out produced both of them. Finishing at WR11 in PPR scoring, has 8 TDs and was either drafted late in drafts or was found on the waivers.

Honorable mentions: Matt Ryan, Jay Ajayi, Spencer Ware, Rishard Matthews and Tyrell Williams.



The Busted and Bruised


Johnny Slokes: Allen Robinson - What do Rishard Matthews, Garcon, Crowder, Pryor, Mike Wallace, Thielen, Kenny Britt, Tyrell Williams, and Devante Adams all have in common? They all have more PPR points than Allen Robinson. Certainly it was going to be hard to duplicate 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and 14 TDs but 68 receptions for 801 yards and 6 TDs is not what we had in mind.

K-Mill: Keenan Allen - I know me and Johnny were both high on Keenan this year and it’s just terrible that he loses another year of his prime and another year with the aging Phillip Rivers. If you were one of those people that took Hopkins in the first then followed up with Keenan, it was probably a long year for you.

Dishonorable mentions: DeAndre Hopkins, Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Sammy Watkins, Jamaal Charles and Michael Floyd


We will have our full rewards show later on this week to highlight more players!





Kevin Cutillo AKA @wallycentral -



There were a lot of great things that occurred throughout the 2016 fantasy football season for which we could give a solid round of cheers.  I think for most people who won a championship this year though the cheers would start with having one of the big three running backs on their roster: David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell. For those of you who listen to the FLAFFL House podcast, you know our podcast started from a league (The Fantasy Life App Fantasy Football League…AKA FLAFFL)  and in that league, which is a typical half point PPR format,  those three guys finished 1st, 5th and 9th respectively in scoring (quarterbacks included).  That’s why my cheers doesn’t necessarily go out to those running backs but more to the people all around fantasy who followed the zero running back draft strategy.  Thanks to those people who loaded up on guys like Odell Beckham Jr. (26th), Antonio Brown (18th), Julio Jones (39th) and DeAndre Hopkins (who knows) and with a little help from a substance abuse suspension guys like me who are big on running backs were able to have both David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell on their team.  In fact, with David Johnson’s ADP being at 5th overall, Le’Veon Bell’s being at 13th and LeSean McCoy’s (who coincidentally finished at 10th in FLAFFL scoring) being at 26th you could potentially have had three of the top ten scorers on your team.  Not to mention adding TY Hilton and Doug Baldwin in the next two rounds to ensure a whopping five players in the top 37 of scoring.  So cheers to those zero running back players who helped us running back friendly folks win championships!



My jeers for this year would have to go out to the tight end position and anyone who drafted one in the top 100 and expected to get good value from them.  Overall there were 10 tight ends drafted in the top 100 while only four of those finished in the top 100 in scoring, none of which were in the top 50.  In fact, only Travis Kelce, who carried an ADP of 55 and finished at 51st overall in scoring, presented a value somewhat close to his draft position.  Jimmy Graham, who carried an ADP of 110 and finished 86th in scoring is the only other tight end drafted near the top 100 who presented a positive value for the team drafting him.  Meanwhile guys like Kyle Rudolph and Cameron Brate both had ADPs in the two hundreds and yet were able to finish in the top 100 in overall scoring.  So jeers to those highly drafted tight ends and  those of you who didn’t listen to the FLAFFL House Podcast when we told you to wait on the position!  






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