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Devontae Booker

Denver Broncos

Booker Headed for PUP with Wrist Fracture


“The Denver Broncos suffered a significant injury before the first callisthenic of training camp as second-year running back Devontae Booker is expected to be placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Thursday with a wrist injury.”

Fantasy Goo: Booker is currently being drafted as a late-round flyer or handcuff to CJ Anderson. People were down on him because of last-year’s performance, but with improvements in the offensive line and the oft-injured Anderson and old-man Charles in front of him I thought he had a chance to do something. Time to cross him off your pre-draft rankings and look to grab him off waivers after Denver’s week 5 bye.


07/27/17, 07:15 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.9news.com


Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

Not so Wacco About Flacco’s Back


Early reports from Rappaport were that Flacco would miss 3-6 weeks of camp due to a “disc issue” in his back, but it seems as though he just needs some rest. “MRI results looked clean and team seems confident discomfort will dissipate in short order. Lower back is tricky area but caught this early.”

Fantasy Goo: Flacco is currently going as the 23rd QB off the board, so this does not affect most drafters, but those playing in best-ball draft only leagues might want to look elsewhere for a second QB for now. Back issues tend to linger and pop-up at inappropriate times.


07/27/17, 07:01 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.csnbayarea.com


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

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


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

Source: www.mercurynews.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: buffalonews.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: rotoworld.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.nfl.com

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Off The Top Of Our Heads - 2016 After Week 2

Posted by d-Rx on 09/23/16

by   The Archer


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Itchy's Thoughts


C’Mon! I Wanted CinciNASTY!

Call me crazy, but that Pitt/Cin game was a snoozefest. I know the field conditions weren’t great, but where was the chippiness? What happened to the AJ/AB competition? Green ended up with 2 catches for 38 yards and AB had 4 catches for 39 yards. A game decided by an iffy fumble call wasn’t what we were hoping for…

 

ALF of the People

As a Dallas fan I spent a handful of years legitimately hating Alfred Morris the football player. To see him take time to hang with the FEDEX Field crew before Sunday’s Dallas/Washington game is pretty awesome though. He’s a nice guy after all.

alfred morris with the crew in washington 

 

2016 Raiders, the 2015 Saints?

Oakland has given up 34 and 35 points to the Saints and Falcons respectively in weeks one and two. The season is young but you have to wonder if maybe the Raiders defense is transgressing right before our eyes. At least their offense has been robust enough to keep the Raiders in games, but if they keep letting teams score a gajillion points every week it might be time to start figuring out how to get Carr, Cooper, and Crabtree. Next up, Tennessee Titans.

 

GABBERT = GOAT!

Blain Gabbert GOAT

 

Freeman Schmeeman

Don’t look now, but Tevin Coleman is outpacing Devonta Freeman in targets so far in this young season, 8 to 4. Freeman was the more effective rusher in week 2 versus the Raiders, but owners have got to be frustrated with his lack of involvement in the passing game. Freeman didn’t get a single target versus fantasy football’s most generous defense. Last season Freeman had 97 targets in the passing game, this season he’s on pace for 32.

 

 

PyroLytics Thoughts


 

Jeff Fisher just won the Super Bowl!

Not really but as a Rams fan it’s what I call his Super Bowl. That’s all that seems to matter to him, whether he beats the Seahawks or not. It’s like he goes out of his way to extensively game plan for just this game. If only he put that much effort into all the other games on the schedule.

 

It’s Dwayne Washington time:

At 6’1, 223 pounds, Washington packs a powerful punch and if that wasn’t enough his 4.4 speed will make the second guess your angle on him. He’s a burner, a big bodied burner at that. Abdullah could miss some time due to injury and Washington has replaced Zach Zenner as being a goal line back the first 2 weeks of the season. Stash Dwayne Washington.

 

The Crow is feasting:

Hard to believe but Crowell as of Sunday night currently sits as the third leading rusher in the league after that massive performance against the Ravens, compiling 133 yards on 18 attempts. The Crows value is completely up in the air at this time considering the Browns are now strutting out their third string QB Cody Kessler. Yes, the Browns may want to emphasize the running game but stacked boxes aren’t a thing to mess with.

 

Stash Kenneth Dixon:

Two weeks in and neither Justin Forsett nor Terrance West have run away with the starting running back job in Baltimore. Dixon isn’t expected to be back until after week 4 so you have some time to wait out this transaction. Dixon has plenty of pass catching upside and could easily take over that role and quite possibly a feature role. It’s also fairly promising that Buck Allen has taken a complete backseat to Forsett and West.

 

As good as Gould:

Connor Barth missed a 31-yard field goal for Chicago on Monday night. According to NFL Research, Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould was 101-101 on field goals 31-yards & under. Ouch.

 

Sleepless in Seattle:

The Seahawks drive chart in 2016 is as follows:

Punt

FG

Punt

Int

Punt

Punt

FG

Punt

Downs

Fumble

Punt

Touchdown

Punt

FG

Punt

Punt

Fumble

Punt

Punt

Punt

Punt

Fumble

 

Going out on a limb and saying that’s not good.

 


Buy into Chris Ivory:
Gus Bradley is giving Rex Ryan a run for his money on who should be the first head coach fired this year. Look for Gus to find a scapegoat as he tries to buy time before their bye week in week 5, if he even makes it to the bye week. That scapegoat will be none other than TJ Yeldon and the Jags running game. TJ has looked less than stellar so far and Ivory is in prime position to steal carries and potentially take away the majority of carries. Leaving Ivory as a potential buy-low candidate. 


Stop with the Asiata talk:
Adrian Peterson goes down with an injury and the first thing that gets brought up is the 2014 season."Well when AP wasn't able to play in 2014 Asiata had the majority of carries over Mckinnon, therefore Asiata is gonna be the backup." Noit's Mckinnon plain and simple. No, it's not surprising that a a guy who converted from quarterback to running back had less carries in his rookie year than a guy who already had two years in the system. Mckinnon is the far superior talent, with Asiata your hoping for a touchdown or bust.


 

 

STiFFKiTTiES Thoughts

 

 

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Whaddup Cuz:

Cousins has some major accuracy issues at the moment… painful to watch. No one was caressing the MSU grads nuts than me all offseason… SHIT!!

 

 

Chute out!

So much for that high scoring New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants game. Went all in on that one being a shootout, and it was a total dud instead.

 

 

Arizona’s triplet in the backfield with the triplets split out.

David Johnson is a triplet, he has an older sister born minutes before him and a younger sister just after. Great story, wishing this kid the best.

 

http://bit.ly/2d6xppH

 

 

Tamme Gimpala No More

Time to start looking deeper at Jacob Tamme… he’s getting it done. He’s turned 16 targets into 11 catches for 126 yards and touchdown through 2 games.

 

 

Thanks for calling CDW…

Ben McAdoo looks like a customer service coordinator for CDW, not an FNL head coach.

 

Ben McAdoo looks like a CDW customer service rep

 

 

Just hand D. Murray the keys to the ship.

Could you imagine if DeMarco Murray got the full workload in Tennessee? As an owner, yeah, me too.

  

 

Is Todd Gurley even startable at this point?

If you look at this dudes game splits, it’s troubling. Since starting his NFL career last year with four 100-yard games in his first 5 games, he’s only had one game over the century mark since.

 

 

What are these Kelcie kids eating?

How can there be so many Kelce’s in the NFL? There should be at least on Noonan.

 

 

Kanye West floor tickets are $200

 

The Parking for the Rams game hit up to $200 for a space. Good lawd. I just bought a couple general admission tickets to see Kanye West in his home town of Chicago at the house that Jordan built, The United Center for $200. Still feel bad for the St. Louis Rams fans, I don’t care if there were 90,000 fans in the Coliseum yesterday - the stadium the tax payers of STL (which they are still paying for) was built in 

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-rams-parking-20160918-snap-story.html

 

 

Home Field Dis-Advantage?

 

As I write this piece and watch The Bears at Home on MNF, I just friggin’ hope they can perform better at home this year than the 1-7 stinkfest they put up in Soldier Field last season. I was at 4 of those loses, it’s a tough pill to swallow when spend so much money and don’t put a winning product on the field for the ones paying the concessions. Holy crap do I wish we had hired Bruce Arians a few years back. Equally, I hope Kevin White shuts everyone up tonight and has a stellar game.

 


 

 

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