August 17, 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


K-Mills gives us insight into all the players that are hurt for week 8 of the NFL season

The #FF Injury Report Week 8

Posted by Stagg Party on 10/29/16

by   The Archer


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Week 8 Injury Report as of 10/29/16



Bye Weeks: Baltimore, LA, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco


Arizona Cardinals

Player: John Brown, WR

Injury: The Cards expect John Brown, healing up from a hamstring strain, to play this week against the Panthers.   

Source: Darren Urban on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: It looks like Palmer will be getting his receiving weapons back this week, as John Brown should be able to get free against a statistically bad secondary in the Panthers. Monitor the situation as he has been a limited participant this week after being diagnosed with a sickle cell trait, and hamstring issues can be tricky. Brown missed last week with this injury.

Player: Michael Floyd, WR

Injury: Floyd “looked good” after practicing for the first time all week according to Bruce Arians. Floyd played through his hamstring injury last week.      


Fantasy Impact: It sounds like Arians expects Floyd to play this week, but I expect Floyd to be a game-time decisions who needs to be cleared prior to kick off on Sunday. Monitor this one, as Floyd gets to face a soft Panthers secondary this week.



Atlanta Falcons

Player: Tevin Coleman, RB

Injury: Coleman has been ruled out for Week 8 with a hamstring injury.       


Fantasy Impact: After injuring his hamstring last week, Coleman has been considered week-to-week trying to return from it. He will probably be questionable for next week as well. Devonta Freeman is expected to get a ton of work this week against the Packers.



Buffalo Bills

Player: LeSean McCoy, RB

Injury: McCoy is listed as doubtful for the upcoming game against the Patriots. His hamstring issue is causing him to have some issues.


Fantasy Impact: This will probably be McCoy’s first missed game of the season for the Bills. This is a big blow for them as he was essentially carrying that offense. Mike Gillislee will carry the bulk of the load in his stead if he does actually miss this week.

Player: Mike Gillislee, RB

Injury: Gillislee is listed as questionable with a foot injury, but is expected to play and carry the load if McCoy misses time.


Fantasy Impact: If McCoy is out this week, Gillislee is presumed to be first in line at a crack of the bulk of the carries. Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams will be available for carries as well.



Chicago Bears

Player: Cameron Meredith, WR

Injury: Meredith was limited at practice on Thursday due to a stomach issue.

Source: Brad Biggs on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Meredith does not appear to be hurt, so he is expected to suit up this week for the Bears and reestablish himself among the pecking order for the Bears after having a dud last week.

Player: Jeremy Langford, RB

Injury: Langford was limited at Thursday’s practice with an ankle injury.

Source: Brad Biggs on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Langford has missed the last 4 weeks with this ankle injury and is ready to make his return now. If he does play, he will become a part of a now-crowded Bears backfield with Carey and Howard.

Player: Jay Cutler, QB

Injury: Cutler has been cleared to return for Week 8, after dealing with a prolonged thumb injury.

Source: Kevin Fishbain on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Cutler returns to face the Vikings stout defense. I would not expect this one to be too pretty. Cutler’s return positively affects Alshon Jeffery, as Cutler always sends most of his passes Jeffrey’s way.



Cleveland Browns

Player: Corey Coleman, WR

Injury: Coleman returned to practice this week, returning from a broken hand. He may be cleared to catch passes next week.


Fantasy Impact: This is good news as Coleman may be available as early as next week for the Browns, giving them a playmaker on offense outside of Pryor.

Player: Cody Kessler, QB

Injury: Kessler has been ruled out with a concussion injury.


Fantasy Impact: There was a shot that Kessler would be cleared from his concussion this week, so it is not unreasonable to think that he should be available for the Browns next week.



Dallas Cowboys

Player: Jason Witten, TE

Injury: Witten is questionable for Week 8 against the Eagles with a chest injury.

Source: David Helman on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Witten has practiced fully all week and is not in doubt for missing any time this week against the Eagles.



Denver Broncos

Player: C.J. Anderson, RB

Injury: C.J. Anderson was placed on the injured reserve list after undergoing surgery on his knee.


Fantasy Impact: With Anderson going down for at least 8 weeks, Devontae Booker becomes a very attractive option as the Broncos lead RB.

Player: Brandon Marshall, LB

Injury: Marshall is a game-time decision, dealing with a hamstring injury.


Fantasy Impact: Marshall logged a limited practiced on Friday, as you will need to monitor up until game-time. This would be a large loss as Marshall is the center of the Denver defense.



Detroit Lions

Player: Dwayne Washington, RB and Theo Riddick, RB

Injury: Both RB’s will be active on Sunday, avoiding and negative game-time status.


Fantasy Impact: With the Lions getting healthy at RB, it will begin to become crowded very quickly going forward. A positive for the Lions, and a negative for fantasy owners.

Player: Eric Ebron, TE

Injury: Ebron is questionable with knee and ankle ailments for Week 8.


Fantasy Impact: Ebron was a full participant on Thursday and Friday and will return to the Lion’s starting lineup against the Texans.



Green Bay Packers

Player:  Randall Cobb, WR

Injury: Cobb is questionable with a hamstring injury for Week 8.


Fantasy Impact: Cobb has been limited all week in practice but is likely to suit up against Atlanta. Monitor until game time to ensure that he will still be playing as this situation could boil down until then.

Player: Ty Montgomery WR/RB

Injury: Montgomery is questionable with an illness for Week 8.


Fantasy Impact: Montgomery was limited this week with an illness, but is in no danger of missing any time this week as he gives the Packers an option out of the backfield.

Player: Clay Matthews, LB

Injury: Clay Matthews is questionable with a hamstring injury for Week 8.


Fantasy Impact: Matthews has practiced on a limited basis this week while he deals with his hamstring injury, and should be available for the Packers this week. As with Cobb, check in before kick-off to double check on his status.



Houston Texans

Player: Lamar Miller, RB

Injury: Miller is expected to play on Sunday with a sore shoulder that caused him to experience some numbness last week.


Fantasy Impact: Bill O’Brien expects this to be a game-time decision and that sounds about right. You are going to have to monitor Miller’s status until his game to make sure that he is a safe play. Even if he does suit up, I would not be surprised if he is on some limitations or any type of snap count.



Indianapolis Colts

Player: Donte Moncrief, WR

Injury: After 5 weeks, Moncrief is expected to make his return to the field this week against the Chiefs.


Fantasy Impact: With Moncrief back on the field, this gives Andrew Luck some size at the receiver position and another weapon at his disposal. He will more than likely be limited in some capacity in his first game, but should be valuable going forward.



Kansas City Chiefs

Player: Jamaal Charles, RB

Injury: Charles will miss Week 8 due to lingering knee problems.


Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs will continue to use Spencer Ware as their lead running back, who has been very effective in the role this season. The Chiefs seem to be content on sitting Charles to allow him to heal completely. Even when he does come back 100%, Ware will have something to say about who gets the bulk of the work.



Minnesota Vikings

Player: Jerick McKinnon, RB

Injury: McKinnon has been ruled out for Monday night against the Bears, with an ankle injury.

Source: Andrew Krammer on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: After sitting out practice all week, this was to be expected. This leaves Matt Asiata as the lead back against the Bears in a nice matchup for him to get rolling.



New England Patriots

Player: Martellus Bennett, TE

Injury: Bennett did not practice on Friday and was spotted leaving the field with an ankle brace.


Fantasy Impact: With Bennett not being able to practice and spotting leaving with an ankle brace on, I would say that significantly hurts his chances of playing this week. I would monitor him going forward, but would not be surprised if he misses time. This would leave Gronk to continue to soak up a whole lot of targets.



New York Jets

Player: Darron Lee, LB

Injury: Darron Lee has been ruled out with an ankle injury for the Jets.         


Fantasy Impact: The exciting young linebacker is out for this week’s matchup, and will be replaced by Julian Stanford, who will be making his first start as a Jet next to David Harris.



San Diego Chargers

Player: Hunter Henry, TE

Injury: Henry is listed as questionable with a concussion.       


Fantasy Impact: Henry has practiced in full the last two days since suffering a concussion last Sunday. He should be ready to go this week.

Player: Travis Benjamin, WR

Injury: Benjamin is listed as questionable for the game this week with a knee injury. 


Fantasy Impact: Benjamin has been a limited participant the last two days and should be playing this week through the same injury that had him questionable last week as well.

Player: Tyrell Williams, WR

Injury: Williams is listed as questionable with a knee injury.  


Fantasy Impact: Williams also was a limited participant the last couple of days at Chargers’ practice and can be expected to start in his typical role as well. Beware of Chargers’ WRs though. The Broncos have not allowed a TD to one since Week 1.



Seattle Seahawks

Player: Michael Bennett, DL

Injury: Bennett is out with a knee injury.


Fantasy Impact: After Bennett suffered some knee swelling after the overtime game last week, he has not practiced this week and has been ruled out.

Player: Kam Chancellor, DB

Injury: Chancellor will miss a third game due to a groin problem.


Fantasy Impact: Chancellor continues to miss time for this defense for a third consecutive game. Hopefully next week he can get back to practice and gear up for a return.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player: Doug Martin, RB

Injury: Martin is out for Week 8 with a hamstring injury.     

Source: Greg Auman on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Martin has yet to resume practicing after suffering a setback recently in his recovery. Jacquizz Rodgers will continue to fill in as the lead back for the Bucs, as Martin still has no timetable for a return.



Washington Redskins

Player: Matt Jones, RB

Injury:  Matt Jones has been ruled out for Week 8 with a knee injury.           


Fantasy Impact: With Jones slated to miss time this week, Rob Kelley has been getting first-team reps in his place, with Chris Thompson handling the passing game work as usual.

Player: Jordan Reed, TE

Injury: Jordan Reed is questionable for Week 8, recovering from a concussion.         


Fantasy Impact: Reed got in a full week of practices and should be ready to go this week in London. Monitor Reed up until game-time as he could suffer a relapse to his status due to lingering effects.




By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT


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