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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 15 Injury Report - K-Mills gives us insight into all the players that are hurt for week 15 of the NFL season

The #FF Injury Report Week 15

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Week 15 Injury Report as of 12/17/16

By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT

TNF – Seattle, Los Angeles

 

 

Atlanta Falcons


Player: Julio Jones, WE

Injury: Jones has been ruled out for Week 15 with a toe injury.         

Source: www.bloggingdirty.com

Fantasy Impact: Jones still cannot get over his toe sprain that kept him out last week as well. With Jones missing time again, Sanu and Gabriel should be Ryan’s top targets this week.


Player: Mohamed Sanu, WR

Injury: Sanu is questionable with a groin injury.         

Source: www.bloggingdirty.com

Fantasy Impact: Sanu should be ready to make his return this week according to reports. With Julio Jones out, Sanu should be the de facto #1 WR for the Falcons this week.

 


Buffalo Bills


Player: Sammy Watkins, WR

Injury: Watkins is questionable with some foot soreness.

Source: www.buffalonews.com

Fantasy Impact: Although his foot is slowly improving, but still hurting, Watkins is fully expected to play and carry on as the top receiving option for the Bills this week against a suspect Browns D.

 

 

Carolina Panthers


Player: Cam Newton, QB

Injury: Cam is questionable after getting an MRI on his shoulder this week.   

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com

Fantasy Impact: Cam has been limited all week, so he should be good to play this week, but it is interesting to see if anything comes of the MRI later on.

 

Player: Luke Kuechly, LB

Injury: Kuechly is questionable, returning from concussion.   

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com

Fantasy Impact: Kuechly has been a full participant this week, and has cleared protocol finally. He’s back.

 

Player: Kelvin Benjamin, WR

Injury: Benjamin is questionable with a back issue.     

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com

Fantasy Impact: Since he logged limited sessions the entire week, he should be ready to play and handle a full workload still.

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals


Player: A.J. Green, WR

Injury: Green is listed as doubtful as he continues to rehab his hamstring injury.

Source: www.cincyjungle.com

Fantasy Impact: Same as usual, Green continues to miss time, and I would be surprised if the Bengals decided to push their WR in a lost season.

 

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Player: Dez Bryant, WR 

Injury: Dez is questionable with a back injury.

Source: www.dfw.cbslocal.com

Fantasy Impact: Dez has returned to ‘limited’ status, and should be out there for Dallas, trying to shake some rough outings.

 

Player: Sean Lee, LB

Injury: Lee is questionable with a knee issue.

Source: www.dfw.cbslocal.com

Fantasy Impact: Lee has been a limited participant this week and is not expected to miss time. He should be a focal point this week with so many other guys going down on the Dallas D.

 

 

Denver Broncos


Player: Brandon Marshall, LB

Injury: Marshall is out with a hamstring injury.

Source: www.milehighreport.com

Fantasy Impact: Without Marshall, a bad Denver rush defense gets even worse. Look for the Pats to pound the rock this week. Corey Nelson should step in.

 

 

Detroit Lions


Player: Theo Riddick, RB

Injury: Riddick is doubtful with a wrist injury.

Source: www.prideofdetroit.com

Fantasy Impact: With Riddick likely out this week, Dwayne Washington will likely shoulder the bulk of the load this week for the Lions in conjunction with Zach Zenner.

 

 

Green Bay Packers


Player: Christine Michael, RB

Injury: Michael is questionable with an ‘illness.’

Source: www.acmepackingcompany.com

Fantasy Impact: Michael returned on Friday, so he should be able to go and handle about half of the backfield work for this week in tandem with Montgomery.

 

Player: Randall Cobb, WR

Injury: Cobb is questionable with an ankle injury.

Source: www.acmepackingcompany.com  

Fantasy Impact: Cobb has practiced all week and should play, but he may be hindered with a bum wheel this week.

 

 

Houston Texans


Player: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE

Injury: Fiedorowicz has been ruled out with a concussion.

Source: www.torotimes.com

Fantasy Impact: Without their starting TE, Osweiler loses his security blanket against a decent Jags secondary this season.

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

Player: Donte Moncrief, WR

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

Source: www.dailynorseman.com

Fantasy Impact: Big loss for the Colts, as Philip Dorsett will have to step up and pair up with Hilton on the outsides in his stead.

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars


Player: Allen Robinson, WR

Injury: Robinson has been ruled with a hamstring injury this week.

Source: www.torotimes.com

Fantasy Impact: Without his top option, Bortles might have some issues this week. Look for Lee and Hurns to get an uptick in looks.

 

 

Minnesota Vikings


Player: Harrison Smith, DB

Injury: Smith has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

Source: www.dailynorseman.com

Fantasy Impact: Vikes lose an elite safety for this matchup against a Colts team that has Andrew Luck. This is a plus for Luck.

 

 

New England Patriots


Player: Danny Amendola, WR

Injury: Amendola is the only Patriot ruled out this week with an ankle injury.

Source: www.milehighreport.com

Fantasy Impact: Removing Amendola from the pecking order, Malcolm Mitchell and Edelman should continue to work the outsides.

 

 

New York Jets


Player: Brandon Marshall, WR

Injury: Marshall is questionable with an ankle injury he suffered last week.    

Source: www.nj.com

Fantasy Impact: Marshall has indicated that he will play this week, but that he probably will not be 100 percent. So beware here.

 

Player: Matt Forte, RB

Injury: Forte is questionable with a knee injury.         

Source: www.nj.com

Fantasy Impact: Forte got back to a limited practice on Friday, but it is not known if he will lace it up or not quite yet. I would expect so, but it could be game-time.

 

 

Oakland Raiders


Player: Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, WR

Injury: Coop and Crab are both questionable with a shoulder and finger injury, respectively.  

Source: www.justblogbaby.com

Fantasy Impact: These guys are questionable an awful lot, but both re fully expected to play this week with Derek Carr and his precarious pinky.

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

Player: Darren Sproles, RB

Injury: Sproles is yet to clear concussion protocol and has been ruled out for this week.        

Source: www.phillyvoice.com

Fantasy Impact: Sproles is going to be out this week for the Eagles after getting tagged with a dirty hit against the Redskins last week. The Eagles RB committee will continue to carry forward.

 

 

San Diego Chargers


Player: Melvin Gordon, RB

Injury: Gordon is out with a hip/knee injury. 

Source: www.justblogbaby.com

Fantasy Impact: Gordon remains out this week for the Chargers after being the bell-cow all season for this team.

 

 

Washington Redskins


Player: Jordan Reed, TE

Injury: Reed is questionable with a shoulder injury.    

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com 

Fantasy Impact: Reed played on limited snaps last week, and more of the same can be expected this week. I can see him getting more snaps, but still not a full allotment.

 

 


 

By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT

 

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