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

Stagg Party like's LeSean McCoy a lot this week in DFS

The Daily Dos & Don'ts - Week 15 DFS Advice (2016)

Posted by d-Rx on 12/16/16

by   The Archer


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Stagg Party's Week 15 DFS Picks


Pillar: LeSean McCoy - DraftKings - $8,900 / FanDuel - $9,000   [CLE@BUF]

LeSean McCoy is coming off another nice rushing performance as he was able to get loose against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This week he gets the Cleveland Browns who are allowing over 160 yards from scrimmage to running backs per game. In a game that is expected to snow, McCoy could be in line for another big workload in which he should have plenty of chances to exploit the Cleveland defense. Mike Gillislee could be in line for a vulture touchdown or two, McCoy will still have a chance to take it to the house from anywhere on the field. McCoy also provides a small cost savings over the cream of the crop RBs Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson. The Bills score more often when at home, and home favorite running backs are proven to score more fantasy points. It might be going back to the well, but hey, if it makes you money, why stop?


Mid Priced Core Piece: Carlos Hyde - DraftKings - $5,900 / FanDuel - $7,000 [SF@ATL]

Carlos Hyde is coming off of the most productive rushing game of his career. Hyde will also be in a great spot again this week taking on the Atlanta Falcons who are allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Also in a week of blistering cold, Hyde will get the comfy confines of the Georgia Dome. While the Falcons Defense was great as a fantasy play last season, they did allow Todd Gurley to have a top-12 fantasy week. The Falcons have also allowed the most receptions to opposing running backs, and Hyde has proven fairly adequate at catching the ball this season. Over the last five weeks, the Falcons have continued that trend and given up at least 15 fantasy points to each of the last four main runners they have faced. While it may look like Atlanta could get out to a big lead and take Hyde of the gameplan, the 49ers always seem to mix in some run plays no matter the score.


Low Cost Dart Throw: Ty Montgomery - DraftKings - $4,800 / FanDuel - $5,000 [GB@CHI]

Ty Montgomery is coming off another nice week where he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season. Montgomery looks primed for another big workload this week as the Bears are stout against the run, and Aaron Rodgers threw it over 50 times the last time these two teams matched up. While I am not expecting another solid rushing performance I think Montgomery will be very involved as a receiver out of the backfield. While I prefer playing him at WR and in full PPR, there is also some value on FanDuel. Montgomery could also see some carries late in the game as the Packers should try and get up early in this cold weather game.


Fade: Antonio Brown - DraftKings - $8,400 / FanDuel - $8,500   [PIT@CIN]

Antonio Brown is coming off a solid game in the snow in Buffalo, but nothing to write home about. This week he looks to be in a similar spot as the Bengals are tough against wide receivers but do give it up to running backs, which could mean this is another Le’Veon Bell week after the explosion last week. Brown suffers mightily from Big Ben’s home/road splits, and in a freezing cold game, the passing game usually suffers in favor of the run game. Brown is awesome, but I am passing him up in DFS this week.


Stack of the Week: LeSean McCoy and Buffalo Bills Defense [CLE@BUF]


Houdini's Week 15 DFS Picks


Pillar: Devonta Freeman – DraftKings $6,700 / FanDuel $7,700 [ATL vs. SF]

Freeman is coming off a horrible performance against the Rams where he only managed 18 total yards. He will be facing another west coast team in the 49ers, but he should be able to fair much better in this matchup. San Francisco allows a league leading 27.9 fantasy points to running backs, and Freeman is going to be a dual threat monster this week, especially with Julio Jones out. His poor performance last week dropped his price, and makes him a perfect play this week.


Mid Priced Core Piece: Trevor Siemian – DraftKings $5,200 / FanDuel $6,600 [DEN vs. NE]

Trevor Sieman is a great mid priced sleeper this week against the Patriots. The Broncos currently have no semblance of a running game, and that has meant a lot of passing attempts for Siemian. In his last four games he has averaged 40.5 pass attempts for 311 passing yards with eight touchdowns, three interceptions, while adding 89 rushing yards. The Patriots are on a short week after playing on Monday Night Football, and will also have to deal with the altitude. Save your money on quarterback so you spend up at other positions this week.


Low Cost Dart Throw: J.J. Nelson – DraftKings $3,900 / FanDuel $5,000 [ARI vs. NO]

The Cardinals cut Michael Floyd after being arrested for a DUI, and that is going to clear the path for J.J. Nelson to make a much bigger fantasy impact the next two weeks. He gets the Saints at home this week, and while they are a better defense than they were last season, they can still be victimized by speed, which Nelson has. He should see at least five targets this week, and those will likely be downfield throws making him a boom candidate for no cost.


Fade: Aaron Rodgers – DraftKings $7,100 / FanDuel $8,500 [GB@CHI]

Rodgers has been on fire, and he torched the Bears for 326 yards and three touchdowns in their last meeting, but I am fading on him big time this week. The weather on Sunday could be the coldest game in the history of Soldier Field. The high is expected to be three degrees, with a low of negative thirteen. The chances that there will be a lot of throwing and yards is not high by my estimation, as gripping the ball and catching it will be very difficult in this game.


Stack of the Week: David Johnson and J.J. Nelson [ARI vs. NO] 


ØC's Week 15 DFS Picks


Pillar:  WR, Jordy Nelson - DraftKings $7,300 / FanDuel $7,700   [GB@CHI]

Jordy has been on a tear the last seven weeks of the season, averaging 22 FF points in PPR over that span. He’s collected seven touchdowns and nearly 600 yards receiving. Rodgers and Jordy have hit their stride just in time for the fantasy playoffs, and an away game in nearly sub-zero temperatures will do nothing to hamper this offense. The Bears have a solid secondary but allow over 21 points per game, making them 18th best in that category. There will be plenty of scoring in this divisional contest and without a rushing attack; the Packers will spearhead the offense through the air. Play Jordy will high confidence this week no matter what the price.


Sleeper:  QB, Tyrod Taylor - DraftKings $5,700 / FanDuel $7,600    [CLE@BUF]

Any player facing off against the Browns deserves no real explanation as to why you should start them. Cleveland is much better at defending the pass, but that has never been Tyrod’s strength. Taylor has two rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks and should have an easy path to a third in potentially shoddy weather. There have also been rumors of Taylor finding the bench unless he can improve in this offense. Both he and head Coach Rex Ryan are on thin ice and a failure to produce against the worst team in the league will mean curtains on their future. Look for Tyrod to throw for 200 and rush for 100 more with 2-3 total touchdowns. You could do a lot worse with more expensive QB options.


Low Cost Dart Throw:  Rishard Matthews - DraftKings $4,600 / FanDuel $5,800   [TEN@KC]

Kansas City has a “bend but don't break” attitude on defense, allowing almost 375 total yards per game to opposing offenses, yet they rank 8th in points allowed per game. Taking out last week’s match-up against the best secondary in football, Rishard has five touchdowns in five games and averages 70 yards receiving in each. Matthews is Mariota’s favorite target and shouldn’t have a problem getting open in Kansas City, as long as the O-Line allows Mariota some time to look downfield. The Titans are scrapping for their playoff lives and no offensive strategy is off the table. Emmanuel Sanders was the last WR to go off back in Week 12 for over 25 FF points, and Rishard has the talent to put up similar numbers. He is a great, cheap option this week. 


Fade:   WR, TY Hilton - DraftKings $7,200 / FanDuel $7,300   [ARI@MIA]

Hilton has been a beast of late; however, he is dealing with a back injury and will face a Minnesota secondary ranked third in passing yards allowed and second in total yards allowed. To expect another 25 FF point performance is asinine, especially on the road. While I would never sit TY in season long leagues, he’s just too expensive in such a violent match-up. Golden Tate has the highest FF point performance against the Vikings this season, and it was due to a long TD catch in overtime. No reason to waste your money on TY this week.  


Stack of the Week: Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson 



PyromaniacMo’s Week 15 DFS Picks


Pillar: LeSean McCoy - DraftKings - $8,900 / FanDuel - $9,000 [CLE@BUF]

Buffalo is home to Cleveland. This game carries the second highest spread of the week, in favor of the Bills. That means a positive game script, in other words, lots of running for the Bills, who already run the ball nearly 50% of the time, third most of all the league’s teams. The Browns D is giving up the second most rushing yards per game and will possibly be without starting DT, Jamie Meder, who has failed to practice Wed and Thur. Finally, McCoy has racked up ten games this season with at least 100 all-pyrpose yards and/or a TD.


Mid Priced Core Piece: Devonta Freeman- DraftKings - $6,700 / FanDuel - $7,700 [SF@ATL]

With Julio out, the pie should grow for everyone, and this week, the pie is extraordinarily large. In fact, Atlanta has the highest implied team total of the week, 32.5. That should come easy against the 49’ers who are allowing a league high 4.9 yards per carry, and a league high total rushing yards per game. According to Pyro’s own Positional Points Against chart, versus #1 RBs, the 49’ers allow 114 yards per game, by far the most in the NFL.  In fact, they have allowed a RB TD in the last 11 games straight. This game also carries the highest spread of the week, standing in the double-digits. Now, if you toss out last week’s decimation of the Rams where they beat them 42-14 and the game script was so out-of whack, there has been four other instances where the Falcons have won by more than a TD. In those four games, Freeman is averaging 18.7 Draft Kings points. With that track record, and the stench coming off the opposing D, this should be a recipe for fantasy success in Week 15.


Low Cost Dart Throw: Vikings - DraftKings - $3,500 / FanDuel - $4,500 [IND@MIN]

I am guessing most readers all ready know that Kenneth Farrow is only $4,400 on Draft Kings. That right there is a deal. But rarely do we talk defenses. Let’s face it, if you do not hit on your defense, then you certainly are not going to bring home the coin, at least not in tournament plays. Of course, everyone is aware of the Vikings D. They started the season on a historic pace. They hit a rough patch a few weeks ago, but still are amongst the leaders defensively in most categories. This week, they are home to the Colts. Indy has allowed the 2nd most QB hits. That is a gateway to fumbles, sacks, INTs, or just bad decisions. That is exactly what defenses try to capitalize on. The biggest reason to play the Vikings, surprisingly, is not the price; The Vikings are the 5th most expensive on Draft Kings and the 11th most on Fan Duel. The best reason to play Minnesota against Indianapolis is the latter’s offensive line injuries. Indy will be down three starting offensive linemen in Week 15. Look for the Vikings to exploit that all day long.


Fade:  Julian Edelman - DraftKings - $6,400 / FanDuel - $6,100 [NE@DEN]

Mile High is always a tough place to play. Add to that the fact you have two of the league’s best corners on your tail. According to Pro Football Focus, when grading corner backs in coverage, the Broncos indeed have the top two. Aqib Talib comes in at number one and his partner, chris Harris, is number two. That is a lethal duo, and certainly one to avoid in fantasy. When adjusting for schedule, Denver comes in at number one against opposing QBs and opposing WRs in both standard and PPR scoring.


Stack of the Week:   McCoy and the Bills D




FanDuel Points Allowed Thru 14 Weeks of Games Played

FanDuel Points Allowed Thru 14 Weeks of games played

DraftKings Points Allowed Thru 14 Weeks of Games Played

DraftKings Points Allowed Thru 14 Weeks


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