Week 20
January 20, 2018


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Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap

Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.

01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action

Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.

01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength

Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.

01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy

LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.

01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down

DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.

01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone

Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.

01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar

In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.

12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut

Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.

12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing

Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.

12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.

12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream

Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.

12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk

Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.

12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying

James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.

12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting

The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.

12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game

Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.

12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters

McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.

12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out

Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.

12/26/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up

Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.

12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

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

Posted by d-Rx on 12/31/16

by   The Archer


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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.

Source: www.canalstreetchronicles.com 

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.

Source: www.baltimorebeatdown.com 

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.

Source: www.buffalonews.com 

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.

Source: www.bucsnation.com 

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.

Source: www.bucsnation.com 

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.

Source: www.baltimorebeatdown.com 

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.

Source: www.thelandryhat.com 

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.

Source: www.foxsports.com 

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.

Source: www.prideofdetroit.com 

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.

Source: www.houstonchronicle.com 

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.

Source: www.horseshoeheroes.com 

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.

Source: www.jaguars.com 

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.

Source: www.latimes.com 

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.

Source: www.losangeles.cbslocal.com 

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.

Source: www.miamidolphins.com 

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.

Source: www.dailynorseman.com 

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.

Source: www.dailynorseman.com 

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.

Source: www.miamidolphins.com 

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.

Source: www.cbssports.com 

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. 

Source: www.canalstreetchronicles.com 

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.

Source: www.nj.com 

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.

Source: www.nj.com 

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.

Source: www.foxsports.com 

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.

Source: www.thelandryhat.com 

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.

Source: www.chiefswire.usatoday.com 

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.

Source: www.sacramento.cbslocal.com 

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.

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com 

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.

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com 

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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