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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 9 of the NFL season

The #FF Injury Report Week 9

Posted by Stagg Party on 11/05/16

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Week 9 Injury Report as of 11/5/2016

Bye Weeks: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, Washington

TNF: Atlanta, Tampa

 

Baltimore Ravens


Player: Steve Smith Sr., WR

Injury: Smith is questionable for Week 9 with an ankle injury, and was a full participant at Friday’s light practice.

Source: www.baltimoreravens.com

Fantasy Impact: With Smith logging full participation on Friday, it would be surprising if he did not play on Sunday. Monitor the situation, as ankle injuries are easily aggravated. Aiken and Wallace would be the main beneficiaries from his absence.

 

Player: C.J. Mosley. LB

Injury: Mosley is expected to be back in the middle of the Ravens defense after missing two games with a pulled hamstring.

Source: www.baltimoreravens.com

Fantasy Impact: This would be a hug addition to the Ravens this week, as they really missed him last week as he is one of their best players overall.

 

 

Buffalo Bills


Player: LeSean McCoy, LB

Injury: McCoy practiced on Saturday and is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

Source: Mike Rodak on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Since he logged three practices this week, he should definitely suit up for the Bills this week. McCoy is the central focus of the offense, so look for him to continue to get a whole lot of work going forward, health willing.

 

 

Carolina Panthers


Player: Luke Kuechly, LB

Injury: Kuechly is questionable for Week 9 with a groin injury.         

Source: David Newton on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: With Kuechly missing the team’s last two practices, I would be cautious and check to make sure that he is playing on Sunday. Obviously, if he plays, you have to start this guy. Just check-in to be safe. I don’t like it when guys miss practices in the back-end of the week.

 

 

Dallas Cowboys


Player: Dez Bryant, WR 

Injury: Dez is listed as questionable with knee and back injuries, but was a full participant on Friday.

Source: www.thelandryhat.com

Fantasy Impact: Dez should be good to go as he is still a little banged up this season. Coming off a good week last week, look for the good times to continue to roll against the Browns.


Player: Barry Church, DB 

Injury: Church has been ruled out for Week 9 with a broken arm.

Source: www.thelandryhat.com

Fantasy Impact: Church will likely miss 3-5 weeks with this injury, and is a really big blow to this Dallas defense. He is worth hanging on to though, as he should be back before the season is over.

 

 

Detroit Lions


Player: Theo Riddick, RB

Injury: Riddick is listed as questionable with an ankle injury for Week 9.

Source: www.prideofdetroit.com

Fantasy Impact: Riddick logged a few limited practices this week, and should be available for fantasy owners this week. The backfield is crowded in Detroit, but remains the top pass-catching option at RB.

 

 

Green Bay Packers


Player: Randall Cobb, WR

Injury: Cobb is questionable with a hamstring issue and is deemed a game-time decision for Sunday.

Source: www.packers.com

Fantasy Impact: Cobb was held out last week and practiced in a limited capacity at times this week. Do not be surprised if Cobb is held out another week to be given time to rest. Check in before the game if you plan on using him. Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson would receive additional targets again.

 

Player: Clay Matthews, LB

Injury: Matthews is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury as well, and is considered a possible game-time decision by Mike McCarthy.

Source: www.packers.com

Fantasy Impact: Monitor this one, as Matthews hamstring continues to give him all sorts of problems. He would not be a surprising scratch either if he struggles before the game. Check in prior to kickoff.

 

 

Indianapolis Colts


Player: Mike Adams, DB

Injury: Adams has been ruled out for Week 9 with a groin injury.

Source: www.acmepackingcompany.com

Fantasy Impact: With Adams down, the colts are without their back-end communicator on defense. This is a positive for Aaron Rodgers as he should continue his hot streak.

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs


Player: Jeremy Maclin, WR

Injury: Maclin is questionable with a groin injury for Week 9.

Source: Adam Teicher on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Maclin got in a limited session on Friday and is fully expected to play against the Jaguars with intriguing backup QB Nick Foles at the helm.

 

Player: Alex Smith, QB

Injury: Nick Foles will start at QB for the Chiefs with Alex Smith getting the week off after being ruled out during last week’s game with a concussion.

Source: www.bleacherreport.com

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs actually said that he does not have a concussion. He is pretty banged up and may have some symptoms, so look for Nick Foles to leading the Chiefs in Week 9.

 

 

Miami Dolphins


Player: DaVante Parker, WR

Injury: Parker is questionable for Week 9 with a hamstring issue.

Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Parker logged full practices all week, so there is nothing to see here as he has dealt with hamstring problems all season.

 

 

Minnesota Vikings


Player: Eric Kendricks, LB

Injury: Kendricks has been ruled out for Week 9 after suffering a concussion.

Source: www.thevikingage.com

Fantasy Impact: The Vikes will be without their top linebacker for this one, leaving a hole for the Lions to try and exploit. Hopefully he clears protocol and will be available to play next week.

 

Player: Jerick McKinnon, RB

Injury: McKinnon is questionable with an ankle injury, but will likely suit up.

Source: www.thevikingage.com

Fantasy Impact: This is good news, as it gives the Vikings a change of pace to Asiata throughout the game. McKinnon does not hold much value due to the split workload.

 

 

New York Jets


Player: Muhammad Wilkerson, DL

Injury: Wilkerson is questionable to play with an ongoing ankle injury.         

Source: www.bleacherreport.com

Fantasy Impact: Wilkerson was able to play last week, and is expected to be a game-time decision this week, as he only recorded a limited practice on Friday. Keep an eye out here.

 

 

Oakland Raiders


Player: Amari Cooper, WR

Injury: Cooper is questionable with a back injury for Week 9, logging limited sessions this week.      

Source: www.silverandblackpride.com

Fantasy Impact: Cooper was limited at every practice this week, but is expected to not miss this huge game against the Broncos. I expect him to be out there. He gets a bump with Talib being ruled out for the Broncos.

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers


Player: Ben Roethlisberger, QB

Injury: Ben is questionable for Week 9 as he recovers from a meniscus repair.          

Source: www.baltimoreravens.com

Fantasy Impact: Big Ben has actually put in limited practices all week just two weeks after his meniscus repair! This guy is crazy tough. He is expected to start and gives everyone on the Steelers’ offense a big time boost.

 

 

San Diego Chargers


Player: Hunter Henry, TE

Injury: Henry will miss Week 9 against the Titans with a knee injury.           

Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: With Henry missing out this week, Gates will further tighten his grasp on the primary spot at TE for the Chargers. Hopefully Henry heals up for next week.

 

Player: Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, WR’s

Injury: Williams and Benjamin were both full participants at Friday’s practice.         

Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: This ensures that Rivers will have his top pass-catching options at WR this week, and should both get a boost with Hunter Henry missing out this week.

 

 

San Francisco 49ers


Player: Carlos Hyde, RB

Injury: Hyde is still dealing with a sprained AC joint, and has been wearing a non-contact jersey.      

Source:  www.ninersnation.com

Fantasy Impact: This does not bode well for Hyde, as he is not even sure if he will play. This is a true game-time decision if it makes it that far, so keep your ear to the ground. DaJuan Harris is the primary backup.

 

 

Seattle Seahawks


Player: Jimmy Graham, TE

Injury: Graham is questionable with a knee injury, but has practiced all week.

Source: www.seahawks.com

Fantasy Impact: Graham is fully expected to play this week, as the Seahawks are just managing his workload to keep him healthy.

 

Player: Michael Bennett, DL

Injury: Bennett underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday.

Source: Liz Mathews on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Bennett will miss 2-3 weeks with this injury, as the Seahawks will have Frank Clark fill in for him.

 

 

Tennessee Titans


Player: Delanie Walker, TE

Injury: Walker injured his groin at practice on Friday and will be a game-time decision for Week 9.  

Source: www.musiccitymiracles.com

Fantasy Impact: This is unfortunate. He is hopeful that he will still be able to play after a couple of days off, but he is a true game-time decision here. If he cannot go, look for Jace Amaro to continue to get work.

 

 

 

By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT

 

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