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January 20, 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

Cameron Meredith is coming on strong for the Chicago Bears since Kevin White went down in this week's pickups piece.

Pickups After Week 6 (2016)

Posted by d-Rx on 10/17/16

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ALL PLAYERS LISTED ARE AVAILABLE IN 30% OR MORE OF CBS LEAGUES

 

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

 

CAMERON MEREDITH – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

Meredith had another big game this week, catching 11 passes for 113 yards. Alshon got more looks than he has been seeing, but Cameron is the safety blanket for Brian Hoyer. As long as defenses continue to focus on Alshon, Meredith will continue to get good looks on a weekly basis.

 

HUNTER HENRY – TE – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 37% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hopefully you picked up this kid last week, but if not grab him ASAP. He caught six passes for 83 yards, and has taken the starting job from Antonio Gates. He has everything you want, including a quarterback who is giving him targets.

 

JAY AJAYI – RB – DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 45% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ajayi waited until Arian Foster returned to the lineup to put a stamp on his role as the lead back, rushing for 204 yards and two scores on 25 carries. The Dolphins are a mess and he could end up sharing carries with Foster, but this performance gives him the upper hand for the next two weeks.

 

EDDIE ROYAL – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 57% OF CBS LEAGUES

Royal is getting looks as the third option in the Bears passing attack and caught four passes for 54 yards. Eddie is not a strong touchdown threat, but he can be effective with how much the Bears are passing these days. The emergence of Cameron Meredith has hurt his production.

 

BRIAN HOYER – QB – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 62% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hoyer continues to throw the ball a lot as the quarterback for the Bears, and he just threw for more than 300 yards for his fourth consecutive game. He did not throw any touchdowns this week, but he is a nice streaming option as the Bears are playing more games from behind.

 

KENNY BRITT – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES   

Britt made a nice impression this week with seven catches for 136 yards and two scores. The Rams just don’t have a consistent enough threat with the passing game to count on this weekly, but Britt does have this potential, and his floor has been raised over through the first six weeks of the season.

 

 

PLAYERS WITH UPSIDE THAT ARE WORTH STASHING

 

 

JAMISON CROWDER – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 68% OF CBS LEAGUES

Crowder had another splash game this week, catching three passes for 52 yards with touchdown. The problem is you are not getting a lot of yards or a lot catches.

 

DEVONTAE BOOKER – RB – AVAILABLE IN 44% OF CBS LEAGUES

Booker keeps getting work, and this week his 46 yards on five carries, was much more impressive than C.J. Anderson’s 37 yards on 10 carries. He could get more work in the coming weeks as the Broncos offense looks for an identity.

 

TYLER BOYD – WR – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES

Boyd finally had more catches than Brandon LaFell this week with four for 79 yards, but he was held out of the endzone while LaFell had a score on only two catches for 13 yards. Boyd will take this role over, and it may only be a week away from happening.

 

ADAM THIELEN – WR – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

Coming off the bye don’t sleep on this guy. He is the second best receiver the Vikings have, and a decent grab for deeper PPR leagues.

 

PAUL PERKINS – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 88% OF CBS LEAGUES

He is not getting a ton of looks on a weekly basis, but it should change in the coming weeks. Hold onto him in deeper PPR leagues.

 

CHARLES CLAY – TE – BILLS – AVAILABLE 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

Clay continues to get more involved in the offense, and this week he caught five passes for 52 yards, but was held out of the endzone. He has become the second best option in the passing game, but the Bills don’t throw enough to give him top end potential.

 

C.J. FIEDOROWICZ – TE – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAGUES

Fiedorowicz continues to get more work in the passing game, and this week caught six passes for 85 yards with a touchdown. He is a big body who is used as a blocker in the running game, and he is now finding more work as a receiver. His size also makes him a nice target in the redzone.


JACK DOYLE – TE – COLTS – AVAILABLE IN 87% OF CBS LEAGUES

Doyle bounced back after two poor performances, catching four passes for 53 yards with a touchdown. His production increased after Dwayne Allen left the game with an ankle injury. If Allen misses time then Doyle is a better add, but limited with Allen on the field.


TY MONTGOMERY – WR – PACKERS – AVAILABLE IN 99% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was a coming out party for Montgomery with 10 catches for 98 yards and three carries for six yards. He did fumble twice, losing one, so that is a downside, but he is better than Davante Adams and should continue to get some looks going forward.

 

MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lee is not going to wow you, but he keeps being active for the Jags and caught six passes for 61 yards this week. He is worth grabbing if you own ARob as insurance with upside.

 

 

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET WITH THESE GUYS

 

 

COLIN KAEPERNICK – QB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 84% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kap had a rough week with 187 yards passing, one touchdown and 66 rushing yards on eight carries. Colin will have better matchups than this one with the Bills, but he is going to have a hard time putting up monster fantasy numbers with the numb nuts he has as his receivers. Running for scores is the best bet for him, but don’t bet on it.

 

PIERRE GARCON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 78% OF CBS LEAGUES

Garcon gave owners another solid performance, catching six passes for 77 yards. The veteran has given a nice floor the past few weeks, and could be a good add for a bye week replacement when the matchup is right.

 

ROBERT WOODS – WR – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 56% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was a normal Woods week with catches and yards, five for 44, but he added a touchdown this week. About as good as it gets for Woods.

 

BRIAN QUICK – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 90% OF CBS LEAGUES

Quick caught five passes for 61 yards but was held out of the endzone. He is giving way to Kenny Britt in the offense, and still has horrible quarterback play that limits his effectiveness.

 

ANQUAN BOLDIN – WR – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 70% OF CBS LEAGUES

Boldin had a solid week, catching eight passes for 60 yards with a touchdown. The scores are what makes him a solid play, otherwise he is a five for 50 type of a receiver.

 

 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – AVOID THESE GUYS ON THE WIRE

 

KENDALL WRIGHT – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAGUES

Wright finally showed up, catching eight passes for 133 yards with a touchdown. He has not been reliable all year and this is more of an anomaly. The Titans don’t throw enough, or well enough to warrant going crazy over this performance.

 

RISHARD MATTHEWS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAGUES

See above and don’t be fooled by his three catches for 70 yards with a score this week.

 

KAMAR AIKEN – WR – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 92% OF CBS LEAGUES

Aiken finally showed up for the Ravens, catching four passes for 64 yards. You should not buy into this as Steve Smith was out and Aiken will be not worth owning once he returns to the field.

 


 

 

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