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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

K-Mills gives us insight into all the players that are hurt for week 7 of the NFL season

The #FF Injury Report Week 7

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Week 7 Injury Report as of 10/22/16

 

Arizona Cardinals

Player: John Brown, WR

Injury: Brown is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury.    

Source: Darren Urban on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Brown did not practice all week and therefore is doubtful to play this week against the Seahawks. He seems to have a leg problem due to sickle-cell.

Player: Carson Palmer, QB

Injury: Palmer is listed as questionable for Sunday night football against the Seahawks with a hamstring problem.     

Source: Darren Urban on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Palmer has been practicing this week and is expected to start this week with a very tough matchup against Seattle.

 

 

Baltimore Ravens

Player: C.J. Mosley, LB

Injury: Mosley has been ruled out with a thigh injury for a second consecutive week.

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com

Fantasy Impact: Mosley will continue to miss time this week, with the Ravens facing a plethora of injuries this week including fellow linebackers Suggs and Dumervil.

Player: Steve Smith Sr., WR

Injury: The Ravens are likely to be without Steve Smith this week with an ankle injury.

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com

Fantasy Impact: With Smith likely missing out this week, look for Aiken and Wallace to see an uptick in looks in his stead.

Player: Joe Flacco, QB

Injury: Is listed as questionable for Sunday with a sore right shoulder, but returned to practice on Friday.

Source: www.csnmidatlantic.com

Fantasy Impact: After getting a full practice in on Friday, Flacco is expected to start this week against a beatable Jets secondary.

 

 

Buffalo Bills

Player: LeSean McCoy, RB

Injury: McCoy will travel with the team to Miami, and is questionable with a hamstring injury.

Source: Jeff Darlington on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: McCoy is shaping up to be a game-time decision for the Bills as they are clearly trying to get him on the field. If he cannot go on Sunday during warmups, Mike Gillislee will likely see the bulk of the carries.

 

 

Chicago Bears

Player: Brian Hoyer, QB

Injury: Hoyer suffered a broken left arm on Thursday night against the Packers.      

Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: With Hoyer down, Matt Barkley takes over as the starting QB for the time being, until Cutler is cleared to go. A tough situation for the woeful Bears.

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Player: Vontaze Burfict, LB

Injury: Burfict suffered an ankle injury this week at practice and is listed as questionable.

Source: Katherine Terrell on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Burfict should be monitored until his game this week, but there are no signs pointing to him being unavailable for the game this week yet.

Player: Tyler Eifert, TE

Injury: If Eifert is available this week, he is expected to play some limited snaps. He is attempting to return from a back injury.

Source: Katherine Terrell on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Eifert will more than likely be a game-time decision this week. If he does even play it will be a limited amount. Eifert may make for a good pickup this week if he is sitting around on the wire for future weeks.

 

 

Cleveland Browns

Player: Terrell Pryor, WR

Injury: Pryor is questionable with a hamstring injury this week.

Source: www.dawgsbynature.com

Fantasy Impact: Pryor got back into practice in a limited capacity on Friday. He may be limited this week and will probably be available as the Browns emergency QB as well.

 

 

Detroit Lions

Player: Eric Ebron, TE

Injury: Ebron has been ruled out with ankle and knee injuries this week.

Source: www.prideofdetroit.com

Fantasy Impact: Ebron is out for a third straight week leaving Clay Harbor and Khari Lee to continue splitting reps at TE.

Player: Theo Riddick, RB

Injury: Riddick is out this week with an ankle injury.

Source: www.prideofdetroit.com

Fantasy Impact: Riddick will miss a second consecutive week, leaving a running back committee in his stead of Forsett, Dwayne Washington, and Zach Zenner.

 

 

Green Bay Packers

Player: Eddie Lacy, RB

Injury: Lacy has been placed on I.R. after ankle surgery.

Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: With Lacy set to miss an extended period of time, the Packers seem to be willing to give anybody and everybody some carries in the ground game. A backfield situation to avoid at the moment until it clears up.

 

 

Houston Texans

Player: Brock Osweiler, QB

Injury: Brock is questionable with a foot injury this week, but was listed as a full participant on Friday.

Source: www.houstontexans.com

Fantasy Impact: With Osweiler logging a full practice on Friday, he will likely start for the Texans as usual this week against a very tough Denver defense.

Player: Will Fuller, WR

Injury: Fuller is questionable with an ongoing hamstring issue.

Source: www.houstontexans.com

Fantasy Impact: Fuller has logged limited practices this week and figures to go this week, but the situation should be monitored as he faced some struggles last week getting on the field.

Player: DeAndre Hopkins, WR

Injury: Hopkins was listed as questionable with a hamstring issue, but logged a full practice on Friday.

Source: www.houstontexans.com

Fantasy Impact: Logging a full practice on Friday, Hopkins will be out there as the No. 1 option for the Texans as he battles against one of the best secondarys in the entire NFL.

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

Player: T.Y. Hilton, WR

Injury: Hilton returned to practice on Friday with a hip issue.

Source: www.cbssports.com

Fantasy Impact: The Colts have been resting Hilton and he should be ready to go this week for the Colts.

Player: Andrew Luck, QB

Injury: Luck was limited at practice on Thursday.

Source: Paul Kuharsky on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Luck was a full participant on Wednesday and has practiced all week so he will start for the Colts this week without question.

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

Player: Jamaal Charles, RB

Injury: Charles experienced some knee swelling on Friday and is questionable for Week 7.

Source: B.J. Kissel on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: With this unexpected setback of his knee, look for Spencer Ware to continue to hog the workload in KC even if Charles does suit up, as he will likely be limited.

Los Angeles Rams

Player: Robert Quinn, DL

Injury: Quinn is questionable to play on Sunday due to a shoulder injury.

Source: www.bleacherreport.com

Fantasy Impact: Quinn hopes to be cleared this week and seems ready to play. Whether the team decides to let him play is yet to be seen, so monitor the situation going forward if you are looking forward to plugging the star DL in your lineup.

 

 

Miami Dolphins

Player: Reshad Jones, DB

Injury: Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff.

Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: With Jones set to miss the rest of the season, Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens are set to fill in at safety for him. It is yet to see how playing time will shake out between the two. This is a crushing blow to an already weak secondary for the Dolphins.

 

 

Minnesota Vikings

Player: Stefon Diggs, WR

Injury: Diggs is listed as questionable this week with a groin injury.

Source: www.thevikingage.com

Fantasy Impact: Diggs finally returned as a full participant on Friday, and is expected to slot back in as the top receiving option for the Vikes this week as they face the Eagles.

 

 

New England Patriots

Player(s): Julian Edelman, WR and Martellus Bennett, TE

Injury: Both are listed as questionable with a foot and an ankle injury respectively.

Source: www.steelersdepot.com

Fantasy Impact: These guys have been limited participants all week and are expected to fill their usual roles for a potent Patriots offense.

Player: Jamie Collins, LB

Injury: Collins is questionable with a hip injury that caused him to miss last week.     

Source: www.steelersdepot.com

Fantasy Impact: Collins’ status is still up in the air on his availability as this same injury caused him to miss out last week. His status will likely be decided on Sunday. Hightower filled in admirably with an increased amount of playing time.

 

 

New York Jets

Player: Muhammed Wilkerson, DL

Injury: Wilkerson is questionable with an ankle injury.          

Source: www.nj.com

Fantasy Impact: The Jets have been playing Wilkerson a ton of snaps this year after he missed some time last year and it seems to be catching up. There is some concern he may miss this week, but that has not been decided yet.

 

 

Oakland Raiders

Player: Latavius Murray, RB

Injury: Murray is questionable for Week 7 with a toe injury. 

Source: Vic Tafur on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Murray has returned to practice this whole week in a limited capacity and is expected to start for the Raiders this week. He is trying to come back from a turf toe injury, and the backfield looks to remain crowded.

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Player: Ben Roethlisberger, QB

Injury: Big Ben is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.      

Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: You all know the drill. When Roethlisberger is out, Landry Jones will pick up signal-calling duties for the Steelers as they wait for Big Ben to return. This should put a lid on the Steelers passing game, and increase Bell’s usage.

Player: Ryan Shazier, LB

Injury: Shazier returned as a full participant on Friday, recovering from an injured knee,      

Source: www.behindthesteelcurtain.com

Fantasy Impact: Shazier is expected to play, which is a huge boost to the Steelers defense as he can really fly around the field. It is to be seen how much he plays, as they might limit him to ensure that he continues to get healthy.

 

 

San Diego Chargers

Player: Travis Benjamin, WR

Injury: Benjamin is listed as questionable against the Falcons with a knee injury.       

Source: www.bloggingdirty.com

Fantasy Impact: Benjamin’s status seems to really be up in the air, as is the Chargers receiving options as a whole. I would expect that he may play in some limited capacity, but if he cannot go, Tyrell Williams will pick up a boost in targets. This is a situation to monitor if you are a Benjamin owner with a lack of options.

 

 

San Francisco 49ers

Player: Carlos Hyde, RB

Injury: Hyde has shed the sling on his right shoulder. 

Source: Can Inman on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: This points Hyde’s arrow up following the Week 8 bye for the Niners. He will sit this week, but should be available after that. This is a huge relief for the Niners and fantasy owners.

Player: Torrey Smith, WR

Injury: Smith is questionable with a back injury this week.

Source: Matt Barrows on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Smith is generally expected to lay since he practiced in a limited capacity, but this back injury could keep him out. If you want to start this boom-or-bust option, monitor until game time.

 

 

Seattle Seahawks

Player: Kam Chancellor, DB

Injury: Chancellor is not expected to play in Week 7 with a groin injury.

Source: Lix Mathews on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Kelcie McCray is Kam’s backup and will continue to fill in for him as he misses another week due to his groin injury.

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player: Doug Martin, RB

Injury: Bucs coach Koetter is not sure when Martin will return from his hamstring issue.      

Source: Alex Marvez on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Martin’s timetable is a mystery, so plan on him missing an extended amount of time, since it does not seem like he is close to returning.

 

 

Washington Redskins

Player: Jordan Reed, TE

Injury: Reed is out of this week’s matchup as he still is not able to go following a concussion.           

Source: www.hogshaven.com

Fantasy Impact: Reed will miss his second consecutive week as he attempts to get out of the concussion protocol. Vernon Davis will be the primary TE for the Skins this week.

Player: Desean Jackson, WR

Injury: Jackson is questionable with a shoulder injury.

Source: www.hogshaven.com

Fantasy Impact: Jackson returned to practice on Friday which is a good sign for his availability. The Skins have been resting him so he should be ready to roll for the matchup against the Lions.

 

 

 

 

By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT

 

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