August 16, 2018


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Week 17 Injury Report - K-Mills gives us insight into all the players that are hurt for week 17 of the NFL season

The #FF Injury Report Week 17

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Week 17 Injury Report as of 12/31/16

By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT


Arizona Cardinals

Player: John Brown, WR

Injury: Brown is questionable for Week 17 with an illness.

Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Brown has been a limited participant since missing out on Wednesday. He should be good to go this week, ramping up activity towards the last game, and coming off his best game of the year last week.



Atlanta Falcons

Player: Taylor Gabriel, WR

Injury: Gabriel has been ruled out with a foot injury this week.


Fantasy Impact: Gabriel has been on a good run of late, with Julio Jones dealing with his own injuries. With Gabriel down this week, look for Sanu and Aldrick Robinson to benefit alongside Julio Jones.



Baltimore Ravens

Player: Zach Orr, LB

Injury: Orr has been ruled out with a neck injury that he suffered last week against the Steelers.


Fantasy Impact: With Orr set to miss out this week, Albert McClellan will likely fill in next to C.J. Mosley this week as Orr heals up.



Buffalo Bills

Player: Sammy Watkins, WR

Injury: Watkins continues to be questionable with a foot injury.


Fantasy Impact: Watkins should be able to play this week, as he has since he returned, but monitor the situation, as a foot injury can turn bad really quickly.



Carolina Panthers

Player: Jonathan Stewart, RB

Injury: Stewart is listed as questionable for Week 17.


Fantasy Impact: Although listed as questionable, Stewart is generally expected to play this week against the Bucs. If he cannot go, expect the Panthers to use a committee at RB.


Player: Greg Olsen, TE

Injury: Olsen is listed as questionable for Week 17.


Fantasy Impact: Olsen is expected to play this week against the Bucs, barring any further setbacks prior to the game. 



Cincinnati Bengals 

Player: Jeremy Hill, RB

Injury: Hill is questionable this week with a knee injury.


Fantasy Impact: Hill has not been ruled out, but it is a possibility. If he is unable to play, the Bengals will be short on options as Gio Bernard has been place on injured reserve already. Monitor Hill up to game-time if you are viewing him as an option.



Dallas Cowboys 

Player: Sean Lee, LB

Injury: Lee is listed as questionable with an ongoing knee issue.


Fantasy Impact: Lee has been limited all week, indicating that he should play. But this is a meaningless game for Dallas, so monitor to ensure that they are going to actually play him or not against the Eagles.



Denver Broncos 

Player: Brandon Marshall, LB

Injury: Marshall is questionable with a hamstring injury.


Fantasy Impact: Although a limited participant, he is not expected to play this week as the Broncos seem to be packing it in for the year.



Green Bay Packers 

Player: Randall Cobb, WR

Injury: Cobb is questionable with an ankle injury.


Fantasy Impact: Cobb has not practiced all week, so I would side more on the doubtful side here. Check in prior to the game to make sure he is suiting up if you plan to use him.



Houston Texans 

Player: Lamar Miller, RB

Injury: Miller has been ruled out by Bill O’Brien this week.


Fantasy Impact: With Miller healing up and making progress, O’Brien is going to sit him to make sure that he is good to go for the playoffs. Alfred Blue will carry the load.



Indianapolis Colts

Player: Donte Moncrief, WR

Injury: Moncrief is doubtful with a shoulder injury.


Fantasy Impact: Having missed practice all week, look for Dorsett to fill in once again for Moncrief across from Hilton.



Jacksonville Jaguars 

Player: Allen Hurns, WR

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


Fantasy Impact: Hurns has been hindered with this hamstring issue for multiple weeks now. Look for Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson to get more looks again.



Kansas City Chiefs

Player: Justin Houston, LB

Injury: Houston is ruled out against the Chargers as he continues to have knee-swelling.


Fantasy Impact: Houston’s surgically-repaired knee will not stop swelling up with activity, bringing into question if he will even be available for the playoffs. Possibly the best player for the Chiefs D, this would be a huge blow.



Los Angeles Rams 

Player: Kenny Britt, WR

Injury: Britt is doubtful this week with a shoulder injury.


Fantasy Impact: Britt has been unable to practice all week with his shoulder injury, and with the Rams essentially playing a meaningless game here, no need to rush him back after having a solid year.



Miami Dolphins 

Player: Jay Ajayi, RB

Injury: Ajayi was a full participant on Friday.


Fantasy Impact: Ajayi should be good to go this week against the Patriots, as Tannehill is the only player ruled out.



Minnesota Vikings 

Player: Adrian Peterson, RB

Injury: Peterson has been ruled out with knee and groin issues.


Fantasy Impact: Peterson made a valiant effort at a return, but sitting out is probably for the best. This may be the last time we see him in a Vikings uniform too. Look for McKinnon and Asiata to pick up the slack.


Player: Stefon Diggs, WR

Injury: Diggs will be out due to a hip injury.


Fantasy Impact: Diggs has been banged up a lot this year, and will miss this week. Thielen has been carrying the load for the team recently. 



New England Patriots

Player: Malcolm Mitchell, WR

Injury: Mitchell is doubtful for Week 17.


Fantasy Impact: Mitchell has not recorded any practices this week, so look for Edelman, Hogan and Bennett to be featured, depending on how much Belichick even plays his starters this week.


Player: Tom Brady, QB

Injury: Brady is questionable for Week 17 with a thigh injury.


Fantasy Impact: Brady has been limited all week, but is expected to start this week as long as he is needed. Look out for any funny business by Belichick though, as it could be smart to just bench Brady for the playoffs.



New Orleans Saints

Player: Dannell Ellerbe and Craig Robertson, LB’s

Injury: Both linebackers are questionable with a foot and shoulder injury, respectively. 


Fantasy Impact: Both of these LB’s are major pieces of the Saints’ D, and both remain a question for this week. The fact that they are logging practices at all is a positive sign, but I would monitor these two, especially Ellerbe, given his extensive injury history.



New York Jets 

Player: Matt Forte, RB

Injury: Forte has been ruled out for Week 17 with a knee injury.


Fantasy Impact: Forte has been dealing with injuries the whole second half of this season. With him out, look for Bilal Powell and Brandon Wilds to shoulder the load.


Player: Brandon Marshall, WR

Injury: Marshall is questionable with hip and shoulder injuries.


Fantasy Impact: Bowles states that Marshall could be a game-time decision this week, so keep an eye out here, although there is not much for the Jets to play for here.



Oakland Raiders 

Player: Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, WR’s

Injury: Both are listed as questionable this week, but are expected to play against the Broncos.


Fantasy Impact: As can be said for the entirety of the Raiders injury report, most of them will play, everyone is just a bit banged up at the moment. This is a must-win for the Raiders if they wish to secure a first-round bye.



Philadelphia Eagles 

Player: Jordan Matthews, WR

Injury: Matthews is questionable with an ankle injury.


Fantasy Impact: Matthews logged a limited session on Friday, indicating he should be available for the Eagles, but check in prior to the game. They may intend to prevent further injury.



San Diego Chargers 

Player: Melvin Gordon, RB

Injury: The Charger have ruled out Gordon for their season finale.


Fantasy Impact: Gordon will end the season at 997 yards rushing, with a lot of “what-ifs” barring injuries.



Seattle Seahawks 

Player: Thomas Rawls, RB

Injury: Rawls is “probable” this week with a shoulder injury.


Fantasy Impact: The Seahawks are playing for a first-round bye this week, so it is all hands on deck this week.



Washington Redskins

Player: Jordan Reed, TE

Injury: Reed is questionable with a shoulder injury.


Fantasy Impact: Gruden has stated that it seems likely that Reed will play due to making good progress. I would stay cautious, we’re talking about Jordan Reed here.


Player: Rob Kelley, RB

Injury: Kelley is questionable this week with a knee injury.


Fantasy Impact: Kelley sprained his knee last week, and is going to be a game-time decision for Gruden this week.




By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT


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