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

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.      

Source: www.cardswire.usatoday.com

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.       

Source: www.acmepackingcompany.com

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.

Source: www.buffalorumblings.com

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.

Source: www.buffalorumblings.com

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.

Source: www.dawgsbynature.com

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.

Source: www.dawgsbynature.com

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.

Source: www.predominantlyorange.com

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.

Source: www.predominantlyorange.com 

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.

Source: www.prideofdetroit.com

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.

Source: www.prideofdetroit.com

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.

Source: www.packers.com

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.

Source: www.packers.com

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.

Source: www.packers.com

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.

Source: www.houstonchronicle.com

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.

Source: www.horseshoeheroes.com

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.

Source: www.bleacherreport.com

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.

Source: www.patspulpit.com

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.         

Source: www.ganggreennation.com

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.       

Source: www.predominantlyorange.com

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. 

Source: www.predominantlyorange.com

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.  

Source: www.predominantlyorange.com

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.

Source: www.heraldnet.com

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.

Source: www.heraldnet.com

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.           

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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.         

Source: www.redskins.com

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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