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

Source: pyromaniac.com

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

Source: pyromaniac.com

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

Lamar Miller is the DFS cover player for this week's DFS piece

The Daily Dos & Don'ts - Week 12 DFS Advice (2016)

Posted by d-Rx on 11/26/16

by   The Archer


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Stagg Party's Week 12 DFS Picks


Pillar: David Johnson - DraftKings - $8,900 / FanDuel - $9,500   [ARI@ATL]

David Johnson has been a lock for much of the season. He literally posses an 18-point floor weekly in PPR purposes because of his involvement in the passing game, the redzone, and even running it between the twenties with nearly no competition. DJ has finished with over 100 scrimmage yards in every game this season. Johnson has scored multiple touchdowns in half of his games this season and has a ceiling as high as anyone on the main slate. Especially with Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell off the board with their thanksgiving matchups. Lock in David Johnson into your lineups and expect a big game against the Atlanta Falcons who have given up 50% more fantasy points to opposing running backs then the average team over the last three weeks.


Mid Priced Core Piece: Lamar Miller - DraftKings - $5,800 / FanDuel - $7,100 [SD@HOU]

Lamar Miller looked fully healthy on Monday Night on his way to a big night. Miller rushed for 100 yards for the third time this seasonseason, and scored his third rushing touchdown of the season to help cap off a top-12 week. Miller played over 75% of the snaps and looks healthy and primed for a stretch run. San Diego is allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing running backs and have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns. The Chargers have yet to give up a 100-yard rusher this season, but give it up in the passing game to running backs as well which is something Lamar Miller has shown the ability to do. At his price, Lamar Miller is an interesting alternative to Rashad Jennings who is sure to be more highly owned.


Low Cost Dart Throw: Will Tye - DraftKings - $3,000 / FanDuel - $4,600 [NYG@CLE]

Will Tye is coming off his first touchdown of the season. Tye is also not being bothered by Larry Donnell any longer who has been a healthy scratch in the Giants last two weeks. Tye has 20 targets over the last three weeks and showed down the stretch last season that he can be a viable fantasy option. But the real reason you are starting Tye is his low price and the great matchup against the Browns. The Browns are allowing 10 more receiving yards per game to opposing tight ends then any teams in the league. The Browns are also tied for allowing the most touchdowns to opposing tight ends on the season. Tye is an interesting streaming option this week in redraft and low cost option in DFS.


Fade: Mike Evans - DraftKings - $7,500 / FanDuel - $7,900   [SEA@TB]

Mike Evans is the number one wide receiver over the last three weeks, and is the most heavily targeted receiver in the league. But Seattle is a tough matchup for opposing wide receivers, even though they go into the game more banged up in the secondary than at any point this season. Sherman has shadowed some receivers this season, and if there is ever a week for him to do so again though it is this week. At his price point, there are just many other players I would rather play this week.


Stack of the Week: Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin [SEA@TB]


PyromaniacMo’s Week 12 DFS Picks


Pillar: Jay Ajayi - DraftKings - $7,600 / FanDuel - $8,400 [SF@MIA]

Vegas opened this up with an implied point total for Miami at 27, which is on the higher end this week. Not only that, being that they are favored by more than a TD, you expect them to chew the clock and lean on the ground game against the 49’ers who are allowing a league high 5.2 yards per carry. Home games are always a big plus. Considering they are facing the league’s softest run D, and Miami themselves are gaining 4.8 ypc as a team, a number that currently stands as second highest in the NFL. The 49’ers are allowing the most FF Points per game to opposing RBs. In fact, this defense has allowed a 100 yard rusher in all but two games thus far. Finally, thanks to recency bias, Ajayi might be a bit lower owned this week. It is a fantastic matchup, but after 3 weeks of dominance, he has put up just over 20 FF Points in the last two weeks combined.



Mid Priced Core Piece: Michael Thomas - DraftKings - $6,600 / FanDuel - $6,400 [LA@NO]

Drew Brees is averaging 366 yards at home and exactly 3 TDs per game. He is not the only Saint that enjoys the Big Easy, as MT himself has an 82% catch rate when playing in Louisiana, it drops a whopping 12 percentage point on the road. New Orleans is expected to roll again as they opened with a 26.25 implied team total. LA, while tough against the rush, invites teams to pass. Thomas will enjoy the softest CB matchup in this game as EJ Gaines will face off against him on most plays. Pro Football Focus currently has grades on 119 cornerbacks, Mr. Gaines comes in at number 115. It should come as no surprise that Gaines is the most picked on of the LA corners. If you add the fact that Gaines also gives up the most FF Points per route run, this should be a great game for Thomas.



Low Cost Dart Throw: Kendall Wright- DraftKings - $4,000 / FanDuel - $4,500 [TEN@CHI]

In the last five weeks, no other defense has given up more PPR points per game to the opposition than the Chicago Bears. In that span, 6 WRs have scored, the vast majority of them from the slot. The fault lies with their slot corner, Cre’von LeBlanc. Considering the Bears are starting Barkley, who in his only start so far this year completed just 40% of his passes for 2 INTS and a total of 81 yards, chances are fairly good that the Titans will have more offensive drives per game than normal. This will allow Mariota to work his magic and pick on the Bears liability at corner, one Mr. Le’Blanc. At a week when you will want to spend up at the cornerback position, low end guys like Kendall Wright will come in handy.


Since I believe you want to collect a few low-cost WRs, here’s a bonus guy: Braxton Miller. He is the price minimum for a WR on both Fan Duel and Draft Kings. So, yes, he does have Brock tossing him the ball, but last week, Miller collected 7 targets and scored a TD. Will Fuller has not seen 7 targets since Week 7. Plus, Brock should have more time in the pocket considering 4 of San Diego’s 9 defensive linemen are on IR.  The lack of depth is one contributing factor to the sluggish play of the Chargers D-line. Football Outsiders only scores 2 team defenses with a lower adjusted sack rate that San Diego. Finally, Braxton will square off against Trevor Williams. He is getting straight picked on by opposing passers and for good reason. In fact, he is targeted on 32% of all passes, no other starting CB in the entire NFL gets thrown at as much.



Fade:  Jeremy Hill - DraftKings - $3,900 / FanDuel - $5,900 [CIN@BAL]

This is a tough one. Now, when I say fade, I may still have him in a lineup, but I play mulitiple. The fact is, this is a starting RB, that is expected to get the bulk of the carriers what with Gio out. For his going price, on Draft Kings especially, that is hard to ignore. But I am certainly going to be under weight on him. He goes against the league’s best rush defense. They held Ezekiel Elliott, arguably the league’s most impressive running back, to less than four yards a carry. But, while I am going to be under weight, on most of my plays, I want to leverage his high ownership. I believe a lot of people will be on him for the reasons I just stated. If Baltimore plays as they have been, and let’s face it, Hill is no Zeke, many owners will struggle to meet 2X. Baltimore is the only team in the league to allow fewer than 80 rushing yards per game to opponents. On Draft Kings, they are giving up the 2nd fewest points to the position. Baltimore is a funnel, D, that is precisely how I think they will spend most of their possessions.



Stack of the Week:   Titans Defense &  DeMarco Murray





FanDuel Points Allowed Thru 11 Weeks

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