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Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams

Mr. Cooper's neighborhood


Cooper Kupp was 4th in the NFL last year in red-zone targets. Kupp and Goff have the most chemistry of all the receivers on the team as Goff targeted him more than anyone last year. Everyone is expecting Cooks to lead these receivers in points this year, but Kupp will be the receiver to own. Sammy Watkins had eight red-zone touchdowns last year. Cooks is not a red-zone target receiver, so Kupp should see more targets and could sneak into the WR2 with massive upside.


08/13/18, 09:39 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

The Jet is set to take off!


Mckinnon has been a super divisive player this offseason. Especially after the first preseason game where he didn't amass many yards and the following day he injured himself in practice. I constantly hear people question his ability to carry the ball 200+ times or that he can’t run between the tackles, or he’s unproven in a lead role. This is all NONSENSE and you shouldn’t believe any of it. Shanahan had his pick of players that he could’ve signed instead of Mckinnon, including Dion Lewis, Carlos Hyde, or drafting a rookie. He chose Mckinnon cause he felt he fit his offensive system in the same way that Devante Freeman fit his scheme. The 49ers just signed Alfred Morris today as a safety net, but I’m taking all the Mckinnon I can this year. I see him carrying the ball 205car/950yds/6td while also amassing 60rec/500yds/5td making him an RB1 this year. Don't be scared, and steal him away from people that are.


08/13/18, 09:24 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

Too good, too fast


Marquiae goodwin has been targeted like a number one in camp. With Pierre Garcon likely squaring off with one of the toughest schedules against number one DBs, Goodwin could break out even more than he did last year. I wouldn't put it past him to put up T.Y HIlton numbers this year. Pick him up in the 6th and 7th round and pile up the points.


08/13/18, 09:11 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ready To Fly


In 2016 Ajayi racked up 1272 yards on 260 carries and 8 TD’s and finished as the RB11 in both standard and PPR scoring. Last year Miami ran him out of town when he struggled in an anemic offense. He was not heavily used when he got to Philly, but his touches did increase every week until the Superbowl. He was also hyper efficient gaining 5.8 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per reception. Despite the general perception Clements usage went down with Ajayi’s arrival, even with Smallwood going down with injury. The Eagles have the number 1 offensive line as graded by PFF, and 18 RB targets and 192 carries vacated. Ajayi is a safe pick in the fourth round and a steal in the fifth.


08/02/18, 06:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com


Jimmy Graham

Green Bay Packers

Split Wide, Back in Stride


He is coming off a season that produced only 57 receptions for 520 yards, his fewest since his rookie season. With that said, Graham remains a big-time weapon in the red zone. He led the league last year with 27 targets in the region, which led to 10 touchdowns. You can bet Rodgers and play-caller Mike McCarthy will be utilizing his skills early and often when knocking on the door of the end zone.
Look for McCarthy to use a variety of personnel groupings with his new tight end group and expect to see Graham split out wide as a receiver much more than as a traditional in-line tight end.

This goes right along with what I was saying on Pyro podcast 308. I expect Graham to be used as a wide receiver and not a tight end. When Graham was negotiating his contract in his last season in New Orleans he wanted to be paid on scale with wide receivers because he rarely lined-up as an in-line tight end. When Seattle paid him, he did whatever they asked, and they asked him to block more. He was out for five games that year, but averaged one less reception per game and only scored two TD’s, after having at least nine TD’s in the previous four years. Overall Graham saw about 25% fewer targets while in Seattle compared to New Orleans and his fantasy numbers reflect it. I see Green Bay using him more like he was used in New Orleans, and even though he has obviously lost a step or two I see him as the major replacement for the Jordy Nelson targets.


07/22/18, 01:41 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packersnews.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

Cream Rises To The Top


Jones’ 5.55 YPC on first- and second-down carries trailed only Alvin Kamara (6.24) for best in the league last year. Jamaal Williams averaged 3.80 YPC on first- and second-down in 2017.

He’s slid two rounds since the announcement of his two game suspension, he is a screaming value if you can get him in the ninth round. We already knew he was going to be competing in a crowded backfield so missing two games really shouldn’t be a big hit to his overall production. The likelihood of either of the other two backs taking over the role is slim, Jones should be able to carve out 10 touches a game when he gets back with fresh legs. They are all high risk for injuries so I’m hoping this added rest will help Jones in the long run.


07/21/18, 06:51 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Solidified Role


In 2017, Nelson Agholor had 62 recs, 768 yds, 9 TDs and 7 games of WR2 or better. There is no reason he wouldn't maintain this output, even with additions in the offense. Agholor had to carve out a role for himself and beat out incumbent Jordan Matthews. This year he'll be the main slot receiver and have an established role from the start.


07/21/18, 06:49 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Buying The Slot Receiver in a Shurmur Offense


Sterling Shepard is currently 24 years old with a 124/1,414/10 career line, in two seasons. He finished 2017 as the WR42 in 11 games (WR22 in FP/G) with only a 13.9% target share. He finished 2016 as the WR36 as a rookie. He's currently being drafted as the WR42 in MFL10’s.

Shepard does see more targets (+2.7), get more receptions (+2.3), more yards (+28), and get about three more PPR points per game when Beckham is out. But he still averages over 11 PPR points per game when he is playing. Apparently Shepard is more open in the end-zone when Beckham is playing, as he averages three times as many TD’s when they are both playing.


07/21/18, 06:47 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Allen Hurns

Jacksonville Jaguars

Plenty of Targets in Dallas


He’s been hampered by injuries over the past couple of years, but when he has stayed healthy and gotten the targets he has been successful. His best season was in 2015, he had 105 Targets for 64 Receptions at 1031 Yards for 10 TDs, that’s 16.11 Yards Per Reception and a 61% Catch Rate coming from Blake Bortles. He finished as the WR14 in Standard Scoring and WR18 in PPR.

He's an amazing value in the 11th round of current best-ball drafts.


07/21/18, 06:41 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Second Team Breath's New Life Into TE


Outside Brady, Luck is the only other QB to support 2 TE's, both Fleener and Allen had 8 TD's with Luck. Frank Reich runs 2 TE sets very successfully - see: 2018 Eagles. TE1's for Coach Reich have never finished worse than 12th. Yes, Doyle would seem like the obvious choice after last season, but that was with Brissett who needed a quick dump off outlet. Luck isn't a check-down machine.

Eric Ebron has lined up "everywhere" in the Colts offense. And the new tight end already is beginning to feel at home in Indianapolis. Without a strong WR2, Ebron could see a large number of targets. The Colt's line-up in two TE sets more than any other team in the NFL.


07/21/18, 06:36 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Filling Coleman Role


“One guy who stood out at Niners practice to me was RB Matt Breida. No one talks about him, but the dude is gonna get some run this year. Fast downhill player.”

This is just some more camp hype from a beat reporter, but if they don’t get another running back through trade or free-agency Brieda is going to see plenty of touches to pay off being picked in the 15th round of fantasy drafts. McKinnon has never had over 205 touches in a season, that leaves plenty of opportunity in a Shanahan offense.


07/21/18, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

McCoy starring down 30 with uncertainty


LeSean McCoy, despite ending the year as the #7 fantasy running back in standard leagues was a slight disappointment for fantasy owners last year. McCoy played in all 16 regular season games, but only cracked 100 yards rushing 4 times, and averaged 4.0 yards per rush, which was 23rd in the NFL. That all happened with a formidable QB with a scrambling ability that defenses had to respect, presumably allowing McCoy some more room before tacklers ascended.
The Bills have the least sexy QB situation in the entire NFL in my opinion. With Tyrod Taylor at the helm for most of the season last year, the bills had the 31st passing offense. None of the QBs on the Bills roster are considered mobile and without a wide receiver on their roster worthy of drafting in any fantasy formats, defenses can stack the box against McCoy. McCoy will be overused, underperform and probably get hurt because of it. McCoy’s ADP is in the second round, but wouldn’t touch him until the fourth or beginning of the fifth round.


06/29/18, 12:42 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs

Hill lookin' busty with chiefs new look.


Tyreek Hill had a great 2017, amounting 75 receptions for 1183 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 games. He’s currently being drafted in the middle of the third round in standard leagues, which would appear to be a great value. However, with promoted RB coach Eric Bieniemy presumably in-line to be the primary play caller, a new QB, Travis Kelce receiving the #1 target share and the addition of Sammy Watkins, I expect Hill’s numbers to decrease dramatically.
I believe Hill to be more of a boom or bust player this year. There’s no denying his break-away speed and ability to separate from defenders, and with Mahomes cannon of an arm, I expect them to connect deep on occasion. However, I believe Sammy Watkins to be the more complete receiver and likely to take more of the target share from Hill. Bundled with the change in offensive strategy toward the end of last year to run the ball more, the change to a young QB presumably resulting in a more conservative game plan, I see a major decline in the amount of touches Hill will get and see him as more of a 5-6 round flex play guy.


06/21/18, 10:54 AM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 13 Injury Report - K-Mills gives us insight into all the players that are hurt for week 13 of the NFL season

The #FF Injury Report Week 13

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Week 13 Injury Report as of 12/3/16

By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT

Bye Week – Cleveland, Tennessee

(Not Included) TNF – Dallas, Minnesota

 

 

Arizona Cardinals

 

Player: Tyrann Mathieu, DB

Injury: Mathieu is doubtful to play and will be a game-time decision with a shoulder injury.   

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com

Fantasy Impact: Coach Arians has come out and announced that Mathieu will be a game-time decision during warmups on Sunday. Mathieu has missed a couple of games with the shoulder injury already.

 

 

Buffalo Bills

 

Player: Sammy Watkins, WR

Injury: Watkins is listed up as questionable after experiencing some soreness in his foot over the last few days.

Source: www.buffalorumblings.com

Fantasy Impact: Rex Ryan has already come out and say that Watkins will play on Sunday, but he may be limited still, as he does not appear to be completely healed from the foot injury he has missed most of the season for .

 

 

Carolina Panthers

 

Player: Luke Kuechly, LB

Injury: Kuechly will miss his second consecutive game after suffering a concussion two weeks ago.   

Source: www.panthers.com

Fantasy Impact: Kuechly has been travelling with the team as moral support on the sidelines, but hopefully he can get his symptoms cleared up and pass through protocol to help out this Panthers D.

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals


Player: A.J Green, WR

Injury: Green remains out this week as he recovers from a grade 2 hamstring tear.

Source: Jim Owczarski on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Don’t put all of your eggs in this basket at the end of your season. He could possibly return anywhere from Week 14 to out for the season. So keep an eye out week-to-week, but why would the Bengals bother?

 

 

Denver Broncos

 

Player: Trevor Siemian, QB

Injury: Siemian has been ruled out with a sprained left foot, meaning Paxton Lynch will start.

Source: www.denverbroncos.com

Fantasy Impact: Siemian missed practice this week, so it is to be seen if he is able to play next week or not. But Lynch will fill in for the meantime.

 

 

Detroit Lions

 

Player: Tahir Whitehead, LB

Injury: Whitehead is questionable with a knee injury for Week 13.

Source: www.prideofdetroit.com

Fantasy Impact: The Lion’s leading tackler, is a little banged up this week and is thought of as a game-time decision. If you use him for IDP, keep an eye out. Bynes would likely benefit from his absence.

 

Player: Marvin Jones, WR

Injury: Jones is questionable with a thigh injury.

Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: It is thought that Jones will be out there this week, but will be limited with his injury. Jones has been a big disappointment after his red-hot start to the season.

 

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Player: Aaron Rodgers, QB

Injury: Rodgers is questionable after injuring his hamstring last week.

Source: Wes Hodkiewicz on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers should be good to go this week against the Texans. He has been limited this week, and played on it last week as well.

 

Player: Jake Ryan, LB

Injury: Ryan is questionable with an ankle injury.

Source: Wes Hodkiewicz on Twitter 

Fantasy Impact: Ryan is expected to play and start at his usual ILB spot for the Pack.

 

 

Houston Texans

 

Player: Jadeveon Clowney, DL

Injury: Clowney has been ruled out with an elbow/wrist injury.

Source: Texans on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers should have a lot of time to throw this week, Facing a decimated Texans defensive line that has lost a couple of studs.

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

Player: Clayton Geathers, DB

Injury: Geathers is out due to concussion symptoms.

Source: www.nj.com

Fantasy Impact: The Colts will be missing the young rookie Geathers on the back end of their defense. He should be back as soon as he passes protocol.

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Player: Allen Hurns, WR

Injury: Hurns has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Source: www.milehighreport.com

Fantasy Impact: With Hurns missing practice all week, look for Allen Robinson to be targeted A LOT this week.

 

Player: Chris Ivory, RB

Injury: Ivory is out with a hamstring injury.

Source: www.milehighreport.com

Fantasy Impact: Ivory missing time means a lot more carries for Yeldon, leading the charge against the Broncos this week.

 

Player: Julius Thomas, TE

Injury: Thomas is doubtful with a back injury.

Source: www.milehighreport.com

Fantasy Impact: The oft-injured TE is doubtful this week, so I would plan on him missing out on time this week.

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Player: Jeremy Maclin, WR

Injury: Maclin will miss his 4th straight game with a groin injury.

Source: www.kansascity.com

Fantasy Impact: Maclin resumed practicing this week, so he should be back next week against the Raiders. In the meantime, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce should continue to shoulder the load.

 

Player: Justin Houston and Dee Ford, LB’s

Injury: Both are listed as questionable with a shoulder and hamstring respectively.

Source: www.kansascity.com         

Fantasy Impact: The key pieces to the Chiefs pass rush are both questionable, but have logged limited practices. Both can be expected to play, Ford more limited than Houston.

 

 

Los Angeles Rams

 

Player: Tavon Austin, WR

Injury: Austin is doubtful with a chest injury.

Source: www.turfshowtimes.com       

Fantasy Impact: One of the Rams primary pieces on offense, He is expected to miss out this week. If he does, Pharoh Cooper will likely fill in.

 

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Player: DeVante Parker, WR

Injury: Parker is questionable with a back injury against the Ravens this week.

Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Also stated was the Adam Gase said they will probably err on the side of caution with their young WR and “protect him against himself.” Parker looking much more doubtful than questionable to me.

 

 

New England Patriots

 

Player: Rob Gronkowski, TE

Injury: Gronk has been ruled out until at least the postseason with a back injury.

Source: www.turfshowtimes.com

Fantasy Impact: With Gronk set to miss multiple weeks, look for Bennett to get more involved in the passing game with Brady.

 

 

New Orleans Saints

 

Player: Mark Ingram, RB

Injury: Ingram is questionable with a toe injury.        

Source: www.detroit.com

Fantasy Impact: Ingram returned to practice on Friday in a limited capacity, so I would expect him to play, but he could be limited or a game-time decision. Monitor this situation, as RB Daniel Lasco has been ruled out as well.

 

 

Oakland Raiders

 

Player: Michael Crabtree, WR

Injury: Crabtree is questionable with an ankle injury. 

Source: Vic Tafur on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree was limited at all of his practices this week, but should be available for the Raiders this week as the second option in the passing game.

 

Player: Latavius Murray, RB

Injury: Murray is questionable with an ankle injury as well.    

Source: Vic Tafur on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: After practicing all week in limited fashion, he should be ready to go against Buffalo as the lead back for Oakland.

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles


Player: Jordan Matthews, WR

Injury: Matthews is questionable with an ankle injury.           

Source: www.phillyvoice.com

Fantasy Impact: Missing practice on Friday puts some doubt on his availability, but it looks like he will be a game-time decision this week for the Eagles. Look for some of their peripheral options like DGB if Matthews has to miss out.

 

 

San Diego Chargers

 

Player: Tyrell Williams, WR

Injury: Williams is questionable with a shoulder injury.          

Source: www.thepewterplank.com

Fantasy Impact: As the second option in the Chargers passing game, Williams is questionable after getting banged up even more last week. He got a limited practice in on Friday, though, so he should play or be a game-time decision.

 

 

Washington Redskins


Player: Jordan Reed, TE

Injury: Reed has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.           

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com

Fantasy Impact: After suffering an AC joint sprain last week, Gruden is holding Reed out as he will not be able to catch without full range of motion in that shoulder.

 

 

 

 

By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT

 

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