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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

Source: pyromaniac.com


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

Source: pyromaniac.com


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

Source: pyromaniac.com


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

Source: www.nflmock.com


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

Source: www.packersnews.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: pyromaniac.com


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

Source: pyromaniac.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.sacbee.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.denverpost.com


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

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

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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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