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Kansas City Chiefs

We're Not in Kansas Anymore


There are steady 20-plus MPH winds w/35 MPH gusts in New York and that will prevent the deep ball from being a major factor in the Giants game vs KC.

Look for Alex Smith revert to the dink and dunk game which defined his career before this year’s break-out campaign. I really don’t think it hurts anyone’s value though. The Giants problems stem from poor talking and Hill can take a screen pass for 80 yards at any time. The Giants are so poor against the TE that Kelce should still be heavily used in DFS. We should also see a nice bump in Hunt’s usage across the board.


11/19/17, 11:07 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Migraines Sideline Shepard


The Giants may be without WR Sterling Shepard, a late addition to their injury report, due to migraines, source says. They’ll check him out closer to kickoff to be sure.
Update: Sterling Shepard (migraines) is inactive for Week 11 against the Chiefs.

This would have been an awesome match-up for Shepard, and he was looking at plenty of targets, but I don’t mess with migraines. I’m pivoting to other players, and none of them are Giants.


11/19/17, 11:04 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rookie Wall?


Fournette came off of essentially 20 days of resting and rehabbing the injured ankle suffered in the fourth quarter of Jacksonville’s October 15th loss to the Rams, when he suited up last week against the L.A. Chargers. Last week, he carried 17 times for 33 yards. According to Florida Football Insiders, Leonard Fournette's ankle is "still not right," and he could be limited if he plays this week against the Browns.

I’ve heard a few people recognize that Cleveland’s run defense has been underrated this year. They started out pretty strong, but they have been fading lately, especially when it comes to the pass-catching backs over the past five games. Yeldon or Ivory could be that sneaky flex you’re looking for.

Update: Fournette is active, Ivory battling illness.


11/18/17, 11:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.floridafootballinsiders.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ground and Pound


According to Forecast.io, it's expected to be 39° F and with a 18% chance of snow and 20 MPH wind in Cleveland at 1:00 PM ET.

This is something to watch Sunday morning, especially if you were high on the Jacksonville passing game facing Cleveland this weekend. The snow doesn’t matter, but the wind could eliminate any deep balls. If you’re looking for a Dede or K. Cole explosion, like I have been, I think we’re going to have to wait at least one more week. Marquis Lee should be fine, he’ll still get his targets. The running game should benefit, but Fournette is questionable with an ankle.


11/18/17, 11:02 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotowire.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ajayi Slated for More Work in Week 11


Coaches have come out and said there is a concentrated effort to increase Ajayi's workload.

Fantasy Goo: Certainly Corey Clement impressed in their last game, Week 9 against Denver. However, he won't sustain the pace of 3TDs on just 13 touches. I do like both players in GPP, I would certainly save Clement for the larger tournaments where you take on more risk in order to differentiate yourself from the field. Still, Ajayi has had a bye week and a game to get familiar with his new digs. Each game from now on, should highlight his comfort and growth in the system.


11/18/17, 03:02 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.philly.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Coleman to Increase Workload Sans Freeman


Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol. That leaves Tevin 'Betchya Bottom Dollar" Coleman to pick up extra duties.

Fantasy Goo: Freeman was taken out very early on in last week's game. Because of this, Coleman seized the reins with command. He finished as Draft Kings 10th best RB of the week. Their Week 11 matchup with the Seahawks could easily turn into a high schoring affair as Seattle is without starters Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Jarran Reed. What Seattle puts on the field will not resemble what we are accustomed to. Coleman should seize thee opportunity.


11/18/17, 02:33 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.fftoday.com


Tevin Coleman

Atlanta Falcons

Coleman to Increase Workload Sans Freeman


Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol. That leaves Tevin 'Betchya Bottom Dollar" Coleman to pick up extra duties.

Fantasy Goo: Freeman was taken out very early on in last week's game. Because of this, Coleman seized the reins with command. He finished as Draft Kings 10th best RB of the week. Their Week 11 matchup with the Seahawks could easily turn into a high schoring affair as Seattle is without starters Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Jarran Reed. What Seattle puts on the field will not resemble what we are accustomed to. Coleman should seize thee opportunity.


11/18/17, 02:33 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.fftoday.com

Buffalo Bills

Bills Getting Gashed


In the last 3 weeks, the Buffalo Bills have given up 8 TDS. There is not a team in the league that has given up more than 8 rushing TDS ALL SEASON!

Fantasy Goo: There is trepidation about Gordon this week. Ekeler made a bit of a name for himself last week as Gordon owners experienced fits or rage and madness last week. I still like Gordon even in cash this week. Still whichever back you prefer, they should have a field day.


11/18/17, 12:55 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.fftoday.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Next Man Up


As expected, Ty Montgomery officially ruled OUT for Sunday against the Ravens. Jamaal Williams should start at running back.

Williams is not Montgomery or Jones, I would not recommend starting him if you can prevent it. It will probably take a positive game script for him to be heavily use, don’t be surprised if we see Cobb being used in the backfield, especially in third-and-long situations.


11/17/17, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alshon Jeffery

Philadelphia Eagles

Open Door for Agholor


Eagles coach Doug Pederson says that Alshon Jeffery's ankle injury has been lingering for a while, but he is "optimistic" he'll play against the Cowboys Sunday night. He will be listed as questionable.

I’m looking at Nelson Agholor having a nice opportunity to put up some points with Dallas being the 24th ranked defense against opposing WR’s. Ertz coming off of the injury report is an obvious play, he’s a must start whenever he’s on the field.

It seems as though Jeffery plays through injuries every year, but he’s not very effective when he does. His injuries tend to linger and former performance enhancer users tend to get hurt more often.


11/17/17, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kareem Hunt

Kansas City Chiefs

KC Ready to Run


The KC/NYG game could experience heavy winds, and certainly, a blowout of the Giants is a likely outcome as well. If either, or both of these potential situations play out, it could be good things for the KC ground game.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have surrendered 3 rushing TD in their last 2 games. On the season, they have given up the 5th most yards to opposing backs. Hunt is a great cash game play, and in GPPs, I will toss out a few line-ups with West, maybe 5%. If indeed it is a blowout, the Chiefs, led by Reid who is 16-2 off a bye, could look to lighten the load for their workhorse RB and let Charcandrick bat cleanup.


11/17/17, 07:04 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.cbssports.com


Charcandrick West

Kansas City Chiefs

KC Ready to Run


The KC/NYG game could experience heavy winds, and certainly, a blowout of the Giants is a likely outcome as well. If either, or both of these potential situations play out, it could be good things for the KC ground game.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have surrendered 3 rushing TD in their last 2 games. On the season, they have given up the 5th most yards to opposing backs. Hunt is a great cash game play, and in GPPs, I will toss out a few line-ups with West, maybe 5%. If indeed it is a blowout, the Chiefs, led by Reid who is 16-2 off a bye, could look to lighten the load for their workhorse RB and let Charcandrick bat cleanup.


11/17/17, 07:04 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.cbssports.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Sterling Shepard's Time to Shine


The Giants are going to need to put the ball in the air against KC. Keep an eye on the winds in this one. If it is north of 15mph, I will lessen my DFS shares.

Fantasy Goo: If the winds are not bad, Shep could get some looks as he should dominate KC's Steven Nelson. There are 84 starting cornerbacks in the NFL for Week #11. Nelson comes in at #80 according to PFF


11/17/17, 06:55 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.nflweather.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Brady a Top Bet for DFS Cash Games


The Patriots stayed in mile-high country last week in order to get acclimated to higher altitudes. The Raiders remained at sea level. This week they square off in Mexico City, which is much higher than one mile up. The difference could be seen in the 2nd half where the Raiders could run out of gas.

Fantasy Goo: Regardless of the elevation narrative, this game opened as the only 50 pointer this coming week. Football Outsiders ranks Oakland dead last for defensive DVOA, weighted defense, and overall pass ranking. Plus, Tom Brady is a great stack with Gronk against Oakland who is notoriously bad versus tight ends. Finally, New England will likely be missing Hogan, the recipient of 11 red zone targets this season. Gronk could easily be the beneficiary, as he has 13 himself.


11/17/17, 06:38 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Brady a Top Bet for DFS Cash Games


The Patriots stayed in mile-high country last week in order to get acclimated to higher altitudes. The Raiders remained at sea level. This week they square off in Mexico City, which is much higher than one mile up. The difference could be seen in the 2nd half where the Raiders could run out of gas.

Fantasy Goo: Regardless of the elevation narrative, this game opened as the only 50 pointer this coming week. Football Outsiders ranks Oakland dead last for defensive DVOA, weighted defense, and overall pass ranking. Plus, Tom Brady is a great stack with Gronk against Oakland who is notoriously bad versus tight ends. Finally, New England will likely be missing Hogan, the recipient of 11 red zone targets this season. Gronk could easily be the beneficiary, as he has 13 himself.


11/17/17, 06:38 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Brady a Top Bet for DFS Cash Games


The Patriots stayed in mile-high country last week in order to get acclimated to higher altitudes. The Raiders remained at sea level. This week they square off in Mexico City, which is much higher than one mile up. The difference could be seen in the 2nd half where the Raiders could run out of gas.

Fantasy Goo: Regardless of the elevation narrative, this game opened as the only 50 pointer this coming week. Football Outsiders ranks Oakland dead last for defensive DVOA, weighted defense, and overall pass ranking. Plus, Tom Brady is a great stack with Gronk against Oakland who is notoriously bad versus tight ends. Finally, New England will likely be missing Hogan, the recipient of 11 red zone targets this season. Gronk could easily be the beneficiary, as he has 13 himself.


11/17/17, 06:38 PM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Mike Evans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FanDuel Triple Play - Pass Go Collect 2TDS


This Sunday is "National Play Monopoly day." What does that mean for FD? Absolutely nothing, but I'm taking a "chance" and grabbing these 3 players that have a bit higher price tag because that's how I won at Monopoly.

Mike Evans @MIA - $7,800 - Much like AJ Green last week, I am banking on Evans to deliver his game of redemption and bounce back in a BIG way. Ryan Fitzpatrick will only have eyes for the 6'5 Evans as he once did for Brandon Marshall in NY. Evans will coast down A1A for 2TDS!

Travis Kelce @NYG - $7,500 - Kelce has 3TDs in the last 3 games. The Giants are giving up a TD every game to opposing TEs this season. That's crazy! Momma ain't raise no fool. 1+1= 2TDs!

Melvin Gordon vsBUF - $7,800 - The Bills gave up 50FPTS at home to the Saints dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara just last week, and now have to fly to LA. Gordon will stampede all over the Buffalo Bills. 2TDs in da house!


11/16/17, 12:43 AM CST by Pete Z

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

FanDuel Triple Play - Pass Go Collect 2TDS


This Sunday is "National Play Monopoly day." What does that mean for FD? Absolutely nothing, but I'm taking a "chance" and grabbing these 3 players that have a bit higher price tag because that's how I won at Monopoly.

Mike Evans @MIA - $7,800 - Much like AJ Green last week, I am banking on Evans to deliver his game of redemption and bounce back in a BIG way. Ryan Fitzpatrick will only have eyes for the 6'5 Evans as he once did for Brandon Marshall in NY. Evans will coast down A1A for 2TDS!

Travis Kelce @NYG - $7,500 - Kelce has 3TDs in the last 3 games. The Giants are giving up a TD every game to opposing TEs this season. That's crazy! Momma ain't raise no fool. 1+1= 2TDs!

Melvin Gordon vsBUF - $7,800 - The Bills gave up 50FPTS at home to the Saints dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara just last week, and now have to fly to LA. Gordon will stampede all over the Buffalo Bills. 2TDs in da house!


11/16/17, 12:42 AM CST by Pete Z

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Melvin Gordon

Los Angeles Chargers

FanDuel Triple Play - Pass Go Collect 2TDS


This Sunday is "National Play Monopoly day." What does that mean for FD? Absolutely nothing, but I'm taking a "chance" and grabbing these 3 players that have a bit higher price tag because that's how I won at Monopoly.

Mike Evans @MIA - $7,800 - Much like AJ Green last week, I am banking on Evans to deliver his game of redemption and bounce back in a BIG way. Ryan Fitzpatrick will only have eyes for the 6'5 Evans as he once did for Brandon Marshall in NY. Evans will coast down A1A for 2TDS!

Travis Kelce @NYG - $7,500 - Kelce has 3TDs in the last 3 games. The Giants are giving up a TD every game to opposing TEs this season. That's crazy! Momma ain't raise no fool. 1+1= 2TDs!

Melvin Gordon vsBUF - $7,800 - The Bills gave up 50FPTS at home to the Saints dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara just last week, and now have to fly to LA. Gordon will stampede all over the Buffalo Bills. 2TDs in da house!


11/15/17, 11:23 PM CST by Pete Z

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Latavius Murray

Minnesota Vikings

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


LATAVIUS MURRAY – RB – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 34% OF CBS LEAGUES

He is still getting a lot of touches, and this week had 17 carries for 68 yards with a touchdown. Getting the redzone carries makes him a worthy add in deeper leagues.


11/14/17, 07:43 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Garrett Celek

San Francisco 49ers

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


GARRETT CELEK – TE – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

With George Kittle out of the game, Celek had four catches for 67 yards with a 47-yard touchdown. He is viable as long as Kittle is out.


11/14/17, 07:43 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Jamison Crowder

Washington Redskins

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


JAMISON CROWDER – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Crowder came back to action and had four receptions for 76 yards and one run for five yards. He is finally starting to make an impact when healthy.


11/14/17, 07:41 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


MATT BREIDA – RB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAUGES

Breida had himself a nice game this week, carrying the ball nine times for 55 yards with a touchdown and had one catch for three yards. The 49ers are looking to the future, and Breida will get more looks going forward.


11/14/17, 07:41 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Waiver Wire Pickup Target for Week 11


CASE KEENUM – QB – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 73% OF CBS LEAGUES

Looking for a quarterback? Well, how about Keenum? He has the job and the weapons and is doing well. This week he completed 21 of 29 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. This is a first place team and they need him the rest of the way.


11/14/17, 07:39 PM CST by Houdini

Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Year end top positional weeks (TPW) for the 2016 season - Evans,

Top Positional Weeks - Full 2016 Season

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Top Positional Weeks - Quarterbacks

Full 2016 Season


Top Positional Weeks QBs - Season End 2016

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QB Bullets


The Big Boom Theory:

11 QBs played in at least 75% of their team’s games and registered QB1 performances in at least half of them. Only three of those QBs averaged a weekly Top 5 performance during those QB1 weeks.  Tom Brady averaged a Top 5 performance in his 8 QB1 games, Aaron Rodgers averaged a Top 4 performance in his 12 QB1 games, and Drew Brees averaged a (crazy) Top 3 performance in his 10 QB1 games.


Spur of the Moment:

Six QBs managed to not only play in all 16 games for their team this season, but they managed to do so by performing at a QB1 level for at least half of them. One QB just happened to have accomplished this in his only NFL season. Dak Prescott legitimately turned heads this year after registering 10 QB1 weeks in his very first 16 games; four of which he made possible by scoring both through the air and on the ground.


12's Dozen:

Coming in late, off a four-week vacation, Tom Brady gauged what needed to be done to catch up to speed and still be considered for MVP honors. His plan was to release some pent-up overpressure and toss 12 TDs against AFC peons Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo--all while averaging Top 5 QB numbers during those weeks. Tom's just gonna Brady.


Like Like It:

Riding on coattails of his 2015 season, Kirk Cousins proved to (probably) everyone that last year wasn't a fluke and recorded 56% of his games as QB1 performances. Kirk will get paid this offseason, and he will likely continue to do what he does best; everything we don't expect him to.


Sack it up:

Even after another unremarkable season by the Colts, statistically speaking, it's hard to truly appreciate how good Andrew Luck performed. In his 15 games started, Luck posted Top 12 numbers 73% of the time; 3rd best among all QBs this season. In these 11 games, Luck benefited the most by keeping his TD numbers above the number of occasions where he was sacked, 28-to-23.



QB Nullets


High Floor, Low Ceiling:

14 QBs played in all 16 games for their team this season. While each of those 14 registered QB1 weeks, four QBs could not do it more than 25% of the time. Joe Flacco and Eli Manning recorded only four QB1 weeks from their 16 games, while Carson Wentz and Philip Rivers recorded only three across theirs.


Super Brown:

Have you ever read those articles where they take the best traits out of several different players and create one super player with them? Well, if you combined all four of the 2016 Browns QBs, the manufactured result is still a Browns QB. The thing about this QB, though, is that he would have had four QB1 performances! Sadly, this was an attempt to make the Browns appear favorable, but it just can't be done.


Fitzcious Cycle:

One year removed from seven QB1 weeks in 2015, Ryan Fitzpatrick was firm on his new season rate of $1-million per touchdown per game; completing only twelve TDs in twelve games this season and earning a Top 12 performance only once. Interesting fact: Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Harvard.

 

 

 

 

Top Positional Weeks - Running Backs

Full 2016 Season


Top Positional Weeks RBs - 2016 Season End

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RB Bullets

 

Hit 'Em Low, Hit 'Em High:

Six RBs played in at least 75% of their team's games and registered RB1 performances in at least half of them. Only three of those six RBs were not only able to post Top 12 numbers at RB in a week, but they were also able to post Top 12 numbers at WR during that same week. DeMarco Murray did it in Week 1, Ezekiel Elliott in Week 10, and David Johnson in Week 13. Showing off even further, David Johnson averaged over five receptions in the 12 weeks that he posted RB1 numbers; second only to Le'Veon Bell's average of six-plus receptions in the nine weeks that he posted RB1 numbers.

 

Success Token:

After serving a three-game suspension, Le'Veon Bell blazed defenses in nine of his 12 games; grinding his way to 75% RB1 weeks. To maintain such success, Bell managed an average of 175 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in those nine games. Looking forward to next year, it's difficult to know if Bell can maintain playing that high. To be blunt, though, it's a good chance he will.

 

The Numbers Won't Lie:

Although he managed only four RB1 weeks in 14 games, Jay Ajayi proved to the rest of the NFL that if you rush for more than 200 yards in a game, you're guaranteed a Top 12 performance that week. Ajayi did it three (read: THREE!) times, and the Dolphins only started handing him the ball five weeks into the season. Is it sustainable? Absolutely not, but isn't that what we all said after he did it the first time?

 

Effective, But:

While Latavius Murray played 14 games, it should be noted that he played less than 55% of the Raiders offensive snaps. Although Murray's snaps were limited, he still managed to post six RB1 performances by averaging 97.8 all-purpose yards and 1.6 touchdowns in those weeks. As the workhorse RB era in the NFL continues to fade out, the Raiders are likely to continue working DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard into their gameplan, leaving us with nothing better to do than watch snap shares.

 

Bear Trap:

When you learn that a running back ran for 1611 all-purpose yards in 15 games this year, you naturally anticipate seeing that he finished Top 12 among RBs for the majority of those weeks. For Jordan Howard, that wasn't the case. Touchdowns were tough to come by for Howard. He logged only 8 on the year, and 3 of those occurred in the same week. If the Bears can become more efficient moving the football, and Howard remains effective at the goal line, it's safe to assume that RB1 weeks will become a norm for the soon-to-be sophomore RB.

 

 

 

RB Nullets

 

Sharing, Not Caring:

After registering RB1 weeks in an impressive eleven out of fifteen games (73%) in 2015, Devonta Freeman managed similar performances in only 44% of the Falcons' sixteen games this year. While Freeman and stable companion Tevin Coleman were concurrently able to procure RB1 weeks twice this season (Weeks 3 & 5), it was Coleman who dominated the Falcons backfield in Weeks 2, 4, and 16. Coleman went from posting zero RB1 weeks in 2015 to five in 2016. For as long as these two engines share a one-car garage, relying on consistent RB1 weeks from either may result in persistent frustration.

 

Ram-Robbed:

Among the names at the top of the 2016 disappointment list sits Todd Gurley's. Sure, it's probably difficult carrying an entire NFL team on your back, but is it really so hard to average more than 3.2 yards per carry when you're handed the ball 278 times? 25% of Gurley's games translated into RB1 performances this season, but with weekly finishes of 10, 12, 9, and 12, is it anything to celebrate? To salt the wound even worse, Gurley had not even topped 3.8 yards per carry in his four best weeks. The lack of Jeff Fisher likely won't fix this, but what else is there to be hopeful about?

 

All Purple, No Gold:

After (seemingly) being handed the keys to a potential career year in Week 2 after a "season-ending" Adrian Peterson injury, Jerick McKinnon could not receive enough, nor make enough use out of his carries. While he made practical use as a situational receiver, the Vikings offensive line did nothing to make McKinnon's rush attempts easier. Adding injury to insult, Matt Asiata continued to own the Vikings goal line work. McKinnon's season was forgettable and two RB1 weeks is all that remains to show for it.

 

 

 

Top Positional Weeks - Wide Receivers

Full 2016 Season


Top Positional Weeks WRs -2016 Season End

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WR Bullets

 

In The Champ's Corner:

When you have one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game throwing his players a football, the odds to have those players not have a Top 12 week is low. In 12 of 16 weeks this season, at least one Packers WR finished as a WR1. Some weeks, two Packers WRs finished as a WR1. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb did it in Week 13, and Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams did it in Week 14. Since it's unlikely for an elite QB to settle for above average, he made sure to have at least three of his WRs to finish as a WR1 in the same week. Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Geronimo Allison all finished as a Top 12 WR in Week 10.

 

Saints Go Marching Up:

Not only did New Orleans Saints WRs Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks receive a generous number of targets from Drew Brees this season, but they both also managed to turn those targets into catches and translate those catches into yards and touchdowns. In his first NFL season, Thomas finished among the Top 12 WRs in four of his 15 games, while second-year WR Cooks attained the same feat in four of his 16. If Drew Brees continues to Grand Marshall the Saints' march, there will be no retreat for either WR next year.

 

Twelve Strikes, 300, The Perfect Game:

While WR1 weeks are anticipated by the cream of the crop, it's not every week when you get to truly appreciate how great some of these players are. In Week 4, Julio Jones caught 12 passes and ran scared with them for a total of 300 yards. Jones became the 6th WR to post 300 receiving yards since 1940. Week 4 was just one of Jones' six WR1 weeks across the 13 games that he played this season. In those six games, he averaged a weekly finish among the Top 5 WRs, his comfort zone.

 

Earning Your Keep:

After spending four years buried on the Dolphins depth chart, Rishard Matthews was treated kindly in Free Agency when he was given the opportunity to be spotlighted in an offense led by Marcus Mariota. After a battle with snaps and targets against rookie Tajae Sharpe and veteran Andre Johnson, Matthews stood victorious among his peers and earned the confidence of his coach and quarterback. In a career year, Matthews caught 65 passes for 945 yards and 9 touchdowns; a performance that included four WR1 weeks. Assuming Mariota recovers from his injury positively, the trend should continue, even if the Titans add a WR in the 2017 Draft.

 

Someone’s Gotta Do It:

In his third season, Mike Evans proved that all he needs is for someone to throw him a football.  This was not only his third season of exceeding 1,000 receiving yards, but it was also his second season of reaching 12 touchdowns. Evans converted 171 targets into 96 receptions this season and managed to post eight WR1 weeks in doing so. While the Buccaneers lack another reliable pass-catcher, Evans' volume will be appreciated and relied upon until they do.

 

 

WR Nullets

 

QB Proofed:

Coming off many draft boards in the 1st round last offseason and as one of the first five wide receivers picked, DeAndre Hopkins proved everyone wrong and verified that he is, in fact, not "QB-proof." It's obvious that a 4-year $72-million contract just isn't enough to have a QB deliver a football to his elite WR. Unless Brock Osweiler is going to get paid $19 to $21-million to hold a clipboard for the next three seasons, the future remains devastatingly bleak for Hopkins' fantasy value.

 

Collateral Damage:

Each just one year removed from leading the NFL in touchdowns with 14, Jets WR Brandon Marshall and Jaguars WR Allen Robinson finished this season with three and six touchdowns, respectively. It just so happened that their QBs performed much worse than they did the year prior. Many owners were burned by any one of these four players this year. There's still hope that QB Blake Bortles and Robinson can reignite the flame they had in years past. As for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and Marshall, who knows where either of them will be playing next season? At least there's not much room for them to decline statistically.

 

It Wasn't Supposed To Be Like This:

In his "this time I mean it" final season, Steve Smith Sr. was going to play angry, catch a metric ton of footballs and score dozens of touchdowns. We anticipated a season worth cheering him on for. What we got from Smith Sr. this season was an average performance from a player who, at times, performed as if he were 37. The classic Smith Sr. never settled with average, nor did he ever play as his age would assume. Steve Smith Sr. was a spectacle to watch for 16 years, and with just two WR1 weeks in 14 games this season, it seems as it's over for good.

 

 

 

Top Positional Weeks - Tight Ends

Full 2016 Season


Top Positional Weeks TEs - End of 2016 NFL Season

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TE Bullets

 

T-88:

Defying the odds of being able to recover from a ruptured patellar tendon well enough to return to being a productive pass-catching NFL TE, Jimmy Graham should absolutely be the Comeback Player of the Year. Not only did Graham play every game this season, but he also managed to produce TE1 numbers in half of them. With an entire offseason to devote to strength and conditioning, as opposed to recovery, Graham should start next season right where he left off.

 

The Red-Zoned Reindeer:

After a slew of devastating injuries, as well as a late offseason QB acquisition, no one stepped up more for the Minnesota Vikings than Kyle Rudolph. After leading all TEs in targets with 132 as well as finishing 2nd among all players in red zone targets, Rudolph tied for the second highest percentage of TE1 games with 56%. At 27 years old, Rudolph seems to have established himself a permanent role with the Vikings and with that, his targets and touchdowns should sustain.

 

Frequent IR-er:

After an offseason ankle surgery and subsequent back injury caused him to miss the first eight weeks of the season, Tyler Eifert wasted no time doing what he does best, catching touchdowns on limited opportunities. Two assumptions that continue to surround Eifert in his four seasons is that he can't stay healthy and that he's touchdown dependent. While Eifert's done nothing to make anyone think otherwise, it's difficult to overlook how good he is when he is catching those touchdowns. In his eight games this season, Eifert manage to post TE1 numbers in five of them. Not surprisingly, he was scheduled for back surgery at the end of this season. And so, it goes...

  


TE Nullets

 

So Easy, Ifeanyi Can Do It:

Season after season, the TE player pool is one that many of us wish we could avoid. While the price of paying for one of the top TEs may not be worth the price or an optimal move, the struggle to find one later who will score your team points may not be either. Looking at Top Positional Weeks for Tight Ends, often times, a touchdown isn't even necessary for a player to finish as a TE1. At the same time, a touchdown by a TE will likely guarantee them a TE1 week. Frankly put, if a TE catches two receptions for 50 yards and finishes that week as a TE1 like Ifeanyi Momah did this year in Week 13, is there really anything to be excited about?

 

 

 

 

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