Week 20
January 22, 2018


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Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
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
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

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

Are you the commissioner of your fantasy football league? This piece can help you come up with different rules and features to make any league more fun to play in.

Starting a new fantasy football league.

Posted by d-Rx on 08/14/16

by   The Archer


More Articals


So you started playing fantasy football and got the bug and joined 10 leagues on ESPN, but they all have the same format. This is fantasy football, not a paint by numbers set, so set up your own league. First and foremost, playing fantasy football is all about having fun. Therefore don’t feel like you have to start a league that has run of the mill scoring and starting positions. In this golden age of fantasy all of the major hosting sites allow you to customize your league, so make it your own. In this article I will examine many different ways that you can spice up your league with different roster orientations, scoring systems, league rules and much more, laying the foundation for forming a league of your own. Take the parts you like best and make your league interesting, unique and fun.



There are so many different things you can do with rosters to change the strategy and complexity of your league.


Roster limits

Your league can have a shallow or deep bench.


Deep bench – In this format teams usually have a 24 or 26-man roster, and this forces teams to make trades because the waiver wire is extremely thin.


Shallow bench – In this format teams have a 12-man roster, and with a limited bench there are more players available on the waiver wire, and trades can become more frequent with the abundance of bye weeks.



Starter lineups – This is one you can have a ton of fun with. Here are just some of the ideas of things you can do, let your imagination come up with the rest.

Multiple flex positions – Forget your standard format. How about start, one quarterback, running back and wide receiver, and the other four spots are flex plays.

Super flex – Taking the above idea a little deeper, make one of the flex spots a super flex so that an owner can play a second quarterback.

Standard plus one – You can have the original fantasy starting lineup using three wide receivers, but then add another starting spot for a flex spot. This increases the opportunities for trades as more players have a chance to be used.

Must start a rookie – Having to start a rookie player each week not only changes the weekly dynamic it dramatically changes the draft, as rookies with high potential are drafted early. Cam Newton was the #1 pick in d-Rx’s draft when he was a rookie.

Allow different formations – This is a more detailed change than having multiple flex positions. Create your own formations that teams must choose between: run and shoot (1QB, 5WR, 1TE), four horseman (1QB, 4RB, 1WR, 1TE), single back (1QB, 1RB, 4WR, 1TE) etc. This is all about your imagination.



Waiver wire changes - It stinks to allow the guy with the worst team to always get the first crack at available players that can help you win a championship.


Use a FAAB to determine weekly pickups – FAAB is a Free Agent Acquisition Budget. Each team is given a set amount (usually $50, $75, or $100). Each team uses this budget to blindly bid on free agents, and when they win a bid their total FAAB budget is reduced by the bid amount. Once a team spends all of their FAAB they can no longer make pick ups. So how much of your budget would you want to spend on a Week 1 breakout?


Supplemental drafts – This is great for leagues where owners don’t have a lot of time to spend each week on making pick ups. You can have a supplemental draft of three rounds after Week’s 3, 6 and 9. These drafts are the only chances teams have to make pick-ups on the year, and the order is always in reverse order of record. In the event of teams with the same record, ties are broken with the team with fewer points getting the higher pick. These picks can be traded, so these leagues usually have more active trading in them.


Limit total pick-ups allowed – Pretty simple, put a set number of your choosing, and each team will only be allowed that many pick-up transactions on the season.




Here is where you have the most control to determine which players are the most important, based on your scoring system. These are just some of the possibilities.

PPR – Everyone should be using PPR by now, but it is Points Per Reception and you can give .25, .5, 1pt or whatever you want per catch.

PPT – Points per touch. Not only are you giving points per catch, a player scores .25pts per carry, or a point denomination of your choosing.

Special Teams yards – Give players credit for kick and punt return yardage, but usually not at the same level as yardage gained by running backs and receivers.

Big time player or bust – Players do not start scoring points for yards unless they gain over 100 yards or throw for more than 300 yards.

Long TD Bonus – This can have many different variations, but here are two.

Scaled TD’s – There are leagues that have a TD of 0-9 yards worth 4pts and the total increase one point for every 10 yards. So a 35-yard touchdown is worth 7pts, and a 92-yard score is worth 13 points. That is just the points for touchdown. These are big time scoring leagues with high point totals.

Bonus levels – An extra point bonus for more than 30 yards, with an extra bonus point available for more than 50 yards and another for more than 75 yards. So an 80-yard touchdown gets the 6pts for the touchdown plus a bonus of 3pts more.

Jamarcus Russell – This scoring system rewards the bad players and hurts the good players. You get positive points for fumbles, interceptions, drops, low YPC and YPR averages, all of which are scored like touchdowns in regular scoring leagues. You lose points for touchdowns, receptions, yards and high YPC and YPR averages. Let the bad times role!!!

Multiplier Bonuses – This rewards players that have big games but don’t score touchdowns. Once a player reaches 100 yards their point values double. So normally it is 1pt per 10 yards, but after 100 yards it would now be 2pts per 10 yards. Same for quarterbacks once they reach 300 yards. If a player has 200 yards or 400 passing yards then their points double again to 4pts. 300 and 500 yards would achieve 8pts per 10 and 20 yards respectively.




Now you have to figure out what type of league you want to have. Your league can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.


KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) – Join a basic ESPN league and FUCK OFF.


Redraft League – This type of league starts fresh each year with no roster carry over. Players will be drafted using the snake draft method. Draft order can be determined in many ways: random, reverse order of finish, allowing owners to chose which spot they want based on random or reverse order or any other way you want to torment the owners in your league.


Auction League - This format gives owners a budget, usually $200, which they use to bid on players. A team may bid as much as they want on a player, but they must fill their roster with at least $1 used for every available roster spot. Teams are not allowed to play with a short bench and spend more on their top players. Players are brought up for bid with each owner nominating a player per round. There is a lot more strategy in this format: bidding up players, holding out for players while other teams overbid early, not nominating players that you actually want and many more.


Keeper League - These leagues are usually associated with redraft leagues, but can also be utilized in auction formats. There is no set format, as leagues can have as little as one keeper, or as many they want. The cost for keeping a player also can vary depending on the league. Some leagues allow a certain number of keepers and then just start the draft with those players already on their respective teams. Some surrender their draft pick 2 rounds prior to the round the player was selected in the year before. Therefore if Devonta Freeman were taken in the 9th round last year, he would cost you your 7th round pick in this year’s draft. In auction format the price of keeping a player can be determined by a set increase based on the player’s price the previous year. This could be a set dollar amount or a % increase.


Dynasty League - These leagues utilize the auction format and can have many layers of complexity. In most of these leagues player salaries increase by a set dollar amount of a % increase.


Basic – Teams are allowed to retain as many players as they want every year with no restrictions other than salary increases.


Intermediate – Teams are allowed to retain as many players as they want with restrictions. Players have a contract status of A, B or C. Player is an A in his first year, and a C in his third year. A player must be dropped after his third year. Same as above, but after a player’s C contract year they may be Franchised or TAG’d. Each league may determine the number of franchised or TAG’d players.


Same as the intermediate with the addition of a rookie draft and reserve roster.


Rookie draft – Leagues have a one or two round draft of players that were drafted in the NFL draft prior to the league’s auction. The order can be determined by lottery, reverse order of record, the two teams that just missed the playoffs last year get the 1st and 2nd pick and the rest by reverse order or by loser bracket playoff. These picks can be traded and become a very valuable commodity. When teams are out of it they can be enticed to trade their high priced players for lower priced players with better contracts and rookie draft picks.


Reserve roster – Once players are drafted in the rookie draft they are then placed onto a team’s reserve roster. Leagues will determine the length of time that a player may remain on the reserve roster. Some have a two-year limit and some are unlimited. Leagues will determine the maximum number of players allowed to be retained on the reserve roster. Usually not more than five players in order to keep the talent pool from being depleted. This also prevents teams from stacking draft picks in one draft. When a player is activated he is assigned a price based on his draft pick. If he was the first pick in the draft he will usually be at least $10, and the price goes down as the draft goes on. Thus the 10th pick may only have a $3 price tag.




These leagues utilize the rookie draft but are more advanced in their contracts. Instead of utilizing the A, B and C method these leagues sign players to long-term contracts and have franchise and transitional tags for players. These leagues are trying to emulate the NFL as much as possible.


Long term contracts – A league will determine the cost for each year of a long term contact and once signed that player must be kept until the completion of the contract or face a buy out penalty. The buy out penalty may be the forfeiture of 25% of the remaining salary (for all years remaining on contract) paid in one year or amortized over the length of the contract taken from that team’s $200 budget.


Franchise tags – These leagues usually only allow you to franchise one player who you may keep as long as you wish for the franchise price, which is the average of the top five salaries at the position in the year that he is franchised.


Transitional tags – These leagues usually allow two players to be given a transitional tag. This allows the team that tags a player the right to match the price that player goes for in the transitional draft.


Transitional draft – Before the actual auction begins there is a transitional draft where players that are tagged are auctioned off. Their price starts where it currently is and all other teams (who do not currently have two transition tag players on their team) are allowed to bid the player up. Once the bidding stops the team that won the bid has the opportunity to raise their bid or leave it where it was. At that time the team that tagged the player has the option to match the new price or let the player go.



Empire League - This is a Dynasty league with two major differences that have major implications in how the league is approached.


1) Each year half of the pot goes to the winner and the other half goes into a rolling Emperor pot.


2) Once an owner wins the league two years in a row they collect the rolling Emperor pot and then the league ends.


The fact that the league ends is interesting, but this is all about the rolling Emperor pot. Each year the team that won the previous season will have a bulls-eye on them the entire season, and will obviously have a hard time making trades with anyone. This also keeps owners who have losing teams from getting disinterested, as they should be active to help prevent another owner from repeating and claiming the big prize.


There are so many different ways that you can set up your league, so don’t settle for the run of the mill basic when you can have a customized experience based on your own preferences. I just laid out a lot of different ways you can spice up your league, but there are so many more and it is only your imagination that is preventing you from creating them. This is fantasy football, but it should be your fantasy, so make your league unique and your own.



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