Week 3
September 19, 2017


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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes

Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.

09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble

Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.

09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

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D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job

The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.

09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

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Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"

Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.

09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In

Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay

A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears

Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.

09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.

09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.

09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.

09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.

09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2

With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.

09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons

Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.

09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC

“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.

09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again

Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.

09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week

Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper

Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion

Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.

09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats

Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.

09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...

Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.

09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

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“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it.” ----- Denzel Washington

As of 2016 there are 774 colleges or universities that field football teams. The average college rosters have about 125 players, so if I count on my fingers and toes that is 96,750 young men with the dream of playing at the NFL level. The roster size of an NFL team is 53. There are 32 teams, wait while I take off my sox again. If I count correctly that is 1,696 NFL spots. It is very hard to make a NFL roster and even more difficult to get playing time. Therefore, it is next to impossible to predict who will come out of nowhere to become a sleeper. A player who may be buried on his depth chart, but due to injury or their sheer will they succeed. If you are one of the lucky fantasy players who pick correctly in the late rounds or use a savvy waiver wire pick. Your chances of championship gold are greatly increased.


It is not an exact science but sometimes you can see it and it shines like a gold nugget in the murky water. Last season I called the rookie of the year in the preseason, feel free to check my Twitter timeline, I’ll wait. I correctly predicted Dak as rookie of the year, well to be honest I believe I said Co ROY with Zeke, but who’s counting. I am not saying I will do the same this year but I do have some guys in the very late rounds I like. Will all of them pan out, probably not, but I will make my case for each of them and why I like them. It will be up to the reader to make his or her decision based on my case. I will be referencing players ADP using Fantasy Football Calculator web site. 



Running Backs


D’Onta Foreman - RB - HOU – I wanted to start with Forman, since he has been in the news the past few days. The earliest reports did no bode well for his fledgling career. Caught with weed and a gun early on a Sunday. To his credit he did not sit by and let others write the story. He immediately had his lawyer issue a report that the gun was registered and the weed belonged to a passenger. The response was one that someone who was innocent might make. My case for Foreman will be based on a presumption of innocence. If it turns out he is in trouble, disregard everything I am about to say.


Lamar Miller had 268 rushing attempts in 2016. That was 6th in the league. The Texans will at some point will turn the QB reins over to Watson and when they do they will want to give the rookie QB cover of a run game. A trend that was started last season with the Texans finishing 6th in rushing by their backs.

Why Foreman over My Boy Blue? Miller nor Blue was particularly impressive considering their opportunities. Miller had 268 carries and Blue 100 for a rushing average of 4 yards and 4.2 respectively. It is unclear if Miller can be the workhorse the Texans desire but what is clear is Forman has the ability and size to do just that. As a Longhorn Foreman won the Doak Walker award when he put up crazy numbers. Rushing for 2,028 yards on 323 attempts in just 11 games. If I do my math right that is 29.4 carries a game. Big, strong and fast at 6’ 1” 249 I can see a clear window to not only relieve the smaller Miller but to vulture goal line work. Foremans ADP has dipped with the news of the recent incident. It has dropped entire round to 14.01. I liked the way he got out in front of the report and I suspect it may have been overblown by the press, but something to monitor.


Jonathan Williams - RB - BUF – I can’t say I am jumping up and down in excitement for Williams, but if opportunity is king then he is in line for a ton if disaster falls. When I started picking Runningbacks for this article I went with the mindset of late round no less than 2nd on depth chart, talent, and most of all, team’s commitment to the run. The Bills will continue their run heavy ways leading the entire league with 2,634 team rushing yards in 2016. That is more yards on less carries, 479 to 495 then the “MIGHTY” Cowboy rushing game. I am not trying to fool anyone into thinking that Williams will split carries and steal goaline work like Gillislee did last year. For whatever reason the Bills allowed Gillislee to head to division rival New England and failed to address the need in the draft. Which brings us back to opportunity. Williams numbers will dramatically increase. Last season he managed just 97 yards on 27 carries. I like Williams as the clear handcuff for Shady. Perhaps not as many carries as Gillislee got last season, 101, but could be huge if the 29-year-old McCoy goes down.


Jalen Richard - RB - OAK – The Raider should be the team to beat in the AFC west. With the departure of Murray to the Twin City a void was created for a lead back. The Raiders could have gone with their bookend RB’s Washington and Richard. Coming in at 5’8” and just 205 lbs. each it was clear they would not hold up to a large work load so in comes hometown hero Marshawn Lynch. After taking a year off to find himself and search Europe for the metalogical golden Skittle. He decides he wants to represent for his Home Town before they are banished to the desert. Why do I like Richard over Washington? Honestly it is very close call, both will see significant action. Richard caught more passes 29 to 17. He had 685 combined yards to 582. I will be shocked to see 75-year-old Lynch with a huge workload, ok maybe not 75 but he old. I suspect the numbers for both Washington and Richard go up from last season.


Duke Johnson - RB - CLV – Ok I maybe stretching my definition of what a late round sleeper is, but I can’t hide my love for Johnson. His current ADP in standard is 13.04 but in PPR he jumps all the way to 10.09. With Football Focus O-Line rank of 2nd both Johnson and his teammate Crowell have seen a steady increase. Crowell is starting to approach the point where he won’t come as much of a value. I wrote an article just before the draft speculating on what the future holds for the Browns. They handled themselves very well making almost every move I had speculated on. Their Defense will improve this year and they will win more games but will still see a ton of negative game scripts where they must throw to catch up. Duke had a better rushing average than Crowell 4.9 to 4.8. Duke is the all-time leading rusher for the Hurricanes. Crowell was a Undrafted FA who has played above his talent. Looking at total yards last season Johnson had 872 total yards on just 126 carries. Crow had 1,271 on 238. Considering the significant difference in ADP value I will take Johnson in a lot of drafts this year.


Joe Williams - RB - SF – This player has become a very fashionable sleeper. With a new coaching staff in San Fran, Carlos Hyde will have to prove himself. Shanahan fought to get Williams even trading up to select him. He will be the clear handcuff and could supplant Hyde. At 5’11” 210 he ran a 4.41 40 at the underwear Olympics. With statements from coaches about Hyde having to earn a position nothing will be set in stone in the Bay City.



Wide Receivers


Ted Ginn Jr. - WR - CAR – Which one is more valuable the 2nd best receiver in Carolina or the 3rd option in New Orleans? I say the latter. Most people would say that with the departure of Cooks that Thomas and Snead each move up a spot in the pecking order. I am not convinced that is how it will go. Throughout his career Ginn has been the speed guy, someone to take the top off the D. Now he goes to a team who just let a 1000-yard burner scoot off to Boston. I could make a case for Ginn to approach that 1000-yard mark. Not a bad value considering his ADP is 14.01. In Best ball leagues, he should be even better.


Zay Jones - WR - BUF – Jones had 158 receptions for the Pirates last season that was 44% of the teams catches. He had 1,770 combined yards. He had 31% of the total team’s offense. Let me spell that out for you again. ECU had 1,589 rushing and 4,016 receiving he had 1,770 total yards by himself. Now he is slotted into the #2 WR in Buffalo alongside “Glass Foot Watkins” Even if Watkins plays 16 games he should still get a respectable number of targets and if Watkins goes down AGAIN. Oh Baby!!!!


Robert Woods - WR - LAR – Jeff Fisher was so conservative he made Berry Goldwater look like a Berkley hippy. What you think to dated? Maybe it shows my age, any hoo. The long and short of it is this. Fisher was a run 3 times and punt kind of a guy and even that team could produce a 1000-yard receiver. Woods comes into the vacated Britt roll and should see something very close to the same or even more targets as Britt. I like the rest of the Pyro guys love Woods this year. He finished as the Bills #1 last season with the injury to Watkins. The team finished dead last in receptions which accounts for the very low numbers for a WR1. Let us do some number extrapolating. He had a catch average of 12.1 yards if he ends up with 70 catches 841 yards. Now let’s look at players who finished around those numbers last season and where they are going this year.




Tight Ends


Jack Doyle - TE - IND – The Colts finished 3rd in TE receiving yards in 2016. Doyle had 59 receptions for 584 yards. Dewayne Allen had 35 for 466. Allen is gone to play understudy to the GOAT in New England. The way I look at this if he gets just half of those added to his receptions you are looking at 752 yards and with is TD rate 6 TDs. Folks we are talking a top 6 TE whose current ADP places him as 13th TE.


Cameron Brate - TE - TB – Brate tied Hunter Henry with 8 TDs for TEs and had 660 yards. He finished as TE12 and as a reward the Bucs go out and drafted the highly touted TE from Bama, O.J. Howard. Now based on ADP Howard is supposed to be a TE1 and Brate is like the 16th TE. You are joking, right? I look for an example from last season to compare TB to and the closest is the Chargers. Established vet and talented rookie. Henry finished with 36 receptions for 478 while Gates had 53 for 548. Look for a similar split in Tampa this season. With the larger portion going to Brate and Howard getting around the 478 number. Tight End is an extremely hard position to come in off the street and pick it up right away. Don’t make the mistake of getting enamored with the new shiny toy just yet when your old one isn’t broke.


Coby Fleener - TE - NO – I can’t believe I am doing this again, at least this year he comes at a proper ADP. His current ADP is bringing him in at 14.03 in 2016 his ADP was 7.01. As we all know he was considered a bust based on his ADP. I will go into my feelings about ADP and expectations in part 2 of this article, but for now I will make my case for a late round flyer on Fleener.

Previous to the 2016 season these are the yardage and TD totals for the Saints TEs. 2015 825 and 6, 2014 889 and 10, 2013 1,215 and 16, 2012 982 and 9, and 2011 1,310 and 11. The opportunity is there for Fleener he just needs to get on the same page as Breese. There were signs last year. He is one of the league’s most athletic Tightends. Showing that ability on occasion he still managed to finish as a TE1 last season. He was a deep threat also connecting for 249 yards on catches of 20 yards or more. If you can get past that bad taste he left in your mouth last season, you could get a top 8 TE at the end of your draft.




If you are looking for names under this portion, forget it. I can’t pick just one late round guy I like. They all have the potential for top 8 numbers. This is the season for waiting on QB. From 8 all the way to like 13 or 14 I could see myself starting those guys. My only advice is this. Wait and then wait some more. If you are playing in a league where most teams have a QB by the 4th, don’t freak out. You will be ok I promise. 





By Pop's



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