Week 3
September 19, 2017


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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes

Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.

09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble

Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.

09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job

The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.

09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"

Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.

09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In

Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay

A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears

Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.

09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.

09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.

09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.

09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.

09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2

With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.

09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons

Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.

09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC

“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.

09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again

Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.

09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week

Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper

Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion

Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.

09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats

Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.

09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...

Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.

09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Vegas Skyline, use the mindshare of the folks in Vegas to help you in fantasy football

Volume of Opportunity: How Vegas Can Help Influence Fantasy Football Decisions

Posted by d-Rx on 11/03/16

by   The Archer


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In fantasy football, everybody is looking for an edge. Everything is examined from the wind speed, to turf type, and even the temperature at time of kick-off.  We try to be as scientific as possible in the world of sports prediction. I am reminded of the Casino line: “Nicky’s methods of betting weren’t scientific, but they worked. When he won, he collected. When he lost, he told the bookies to go fuck themselves”. Well, few of us can make predictions like Sam Rothstein, or even swing a baseball bat like Joe Pesci. But, we all want an edge, some added insight. Well, Vegas can certainly give you that leg up in the fantasy football world. We often reference an implied team total or a spread. But perhaps you are not really sure why, or worse yet, what to do with that information. There are just a few key things to start with: the spread, the over under, and the implied team totals. The bottom line is this: Vegas can give you an advantage when making your fantasy football decisions, because it can give you an indication about the volume of opportunity.


So, let’s just start with the spread. The spread is essentially the difference between the two final scores of each team. If team A is favored by 3 points, that means team B is expected to lose by 3 points. Team A is listed as -3, and team B is listed as +3. So if you happen to be betting with the spread, before the ball is even kicked off, the score is team A = 0 and team B = 3. I start paying attention to the spread when it is say 6 points or greater. The higher the spread, the more a certain team is favored to win. Last year, there were 67 instances of a spread being 7 points or more. That is 3.94 each week, and that includes weeks 16 and 17 which saw a higher number than normal. Of the 67 instances where the spread was at least 7 points or more, there were 29 times when that spread reached double digits, or just 1.7 per week on average. So this is a way to really narrow the focus of quality fantasy plays in a given week by simply looking at how much a specific team is favored over their opponent.


To continue with this line of thinking, a high spread really suggests game script. Game script will allow you to identify the play-calling in a given game and thus, which positions will have the greatest volume of opportunity. So, let’s say Atlanta is 10 point favorites over Cleveland (sorry Browns fans). What does that tell you? How can you use that for fantasy purposes? Well, Atlanta should have a positive game script. If the game goes accordingly, Atlanta will be up, chances are fairly early. They will look to run and play D like most teams do when they have the lead. Running the ball means the clock keeps moving, and when you are up, coaches want the game to end to secure the win. So, the higher the spread, the more likely the favored team’s running backs will be used. If you add an opposing defenses performance against the rush, then you really start to have something. Guess what, this is what Billicheck does. There is this believe that surrounds him that suggests a mystery, an unpredictable quality to ‘Wild Bill’. But the fact is, if the Patriots have a positive game-script, that is to say, they are heavy favorites, AND the opposing D struggles against RBs, then it is a safe bet it will be a Blount game in that the Patriot’s ground game should get plenty of action.


In contrast, let’s just say a team is heavy underdogs. Well, then chances are, while the other team is running the ball offensively, the under dog will need to pass in order to stay in the game. So, that is referred to a s a negative game-script and chances are, the QB and the pass catchers will be decent fantasy plays. Look, the bottom line, we are chasing opportunity. If a team is heavy favorites, there will be more opportunity for the favored team to use their running backs.. If they are underdogs, there should be a greater volume of usage for the pass catchers. While TDs are hard to predict, it stands to reason if a player is given more opportunities, they will have a higher chance to score, and that is what you are doing when you use the spread to influence your fantasy decisions. You are identifying which positions will get the most usage, and thus, have a greater probability to score.


Now, let’s turn from identifying a position with the use of the spread, to determining which offenses are most likely to score TDs in a given week. Obviously, if there is an over/under above 50, that means there should be plenty of scoring opportunity. But we need to go farther than that. Here is where you want to look at implied team totals. This is tossed out quite a bit in fantasy circles. Yet, I have been asked several times where to find this. Sure there are certain sites you can pay for, or a few hidden gems that post this. But really, you just need to know the formula and do a little math.


In order to find a team’s implied team total, you divide the over/under in half, then add half the spread to the favored team and subtract half the spread from the underdogs and you have the implied team total.  For example, let us just use the previous Atlanta vs. Cleveland scenario. If the over under is 44 and the spread favors the Falcons by 10 points, then you just break the 44 in half. That leaves 22. Then you add half the spread (5 points) to Atlanta, so they have an implied team total of 27 points. On the other hand, you take half the over/under, again, 22 points and then deduct half the spread, 5 points. So, the Browns have an implied team total in this situation of 17 points.


So, traditionally, an implied team total of 24 or above is when I will start paying attention, the higher you go, the better of course. In a given week, 28 might be tops, but implied team totals of 30 are not unheard of. On the Pyro Light podcast, I will generally bring it up if it is 26 or higher.


So, back to our original scenario, Atlanta versus the Browns. At first glance, if you just look at the 50 point over/under, it could be misleading. Ideally you want the implied team total. Now, what really sticks out is the Falcons (27) and the Browns only (17). So, if we put it all together, we know Atlanta should have plenty of opportunity to score TDs, nearly 4 in fact. Plus, they are heavy favorites, so now we are cooking with gas. We believe Atlanta will score a great deal, and will likely face a positive game-script. Thus, I want ownership of Atlanta running backs in this situation. We know from the implied team total, that there should be plenty of touchdowns. We narrow it down even further by adding the predictive game-script and say that those touchdowns will most likely come from the running back positions. Again, we are chasing opportunity to score. In this situation, we identified the Atlanta running backs as having the greatest likelihood of scoring.


In conclusion, this is an imperfect science of course. We are trying to make predictions about future events with imperfect, changing information. But, to me, it boils down to the volume of opportunity. I want chances to score, I want my players touching the ball as often as possible. Ironically, there is little correlation between a QB and attempts however. But for the other fantasy relevant positions, it is a numbers game. I look for a spread of perhaps 6 and above and an implied team total of 26 or above. I am not suggestions Vegas is the end all be all. But, it is one of several stats I use heavily in determining fantasy plays in a given week, it is a tool in the tool-chest, one of many. But, Vegas is a glittering city in the desert for a reason. They know what they are doing, so if I can use that to fashion a starting line-up, by God I am going to do it. I want to use as many quality indicators as possible, so I can prevent my fantasy team from sleeping with the fishes like Luca Brasi.




Luca Brasi from the The Godfather


By: @PyromaniacMo


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