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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

Corey Davis is the cover player for Houdini's waiver wire pickups after the week 9.

Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 10 (2017)

Posted by Houdini on 11/05/17

by   The Archer


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All players listed are available in at least 30% of CBS Leagues (Slim Pickings this week)

 


TERRANCE WILLIAMS – WR – COWBOYS – AVAILABLE IN 86% OF CBS LEAGUES

Williams was on fire this week for the Cowboys, catching eight passes for 141 yards. The only downside was that Williams had his ankle rolled up on his final reception. He has never proven to be a consistent threat, but if Zeke does get suspended the Cowboys may be throwing more.

 

COLE BEASLEY – WR – COWBOYS – AVAILABLE IN 69% OF CBS LEAGUES

Beasley did not have a big yardage game with four receptions for 24 yards, but he did find the endzone twice. Cole is a big-time threat in the redzone and if Zeke misses games he will be an even bigger threat. He scores touchdowns, so what more could you ask for off the waiver wire.

 

CURTIS SAMUEL – WR – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 89% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie did not have amazing numbers this week, catching three passes for 23 yards and carrying the ball once for 14 yards. The Panthers got rid of Kelvin Benjamin, and they would not have done that if they did not think that Samuel was ready to step in and be a bigger part of this offense. Grab him now, and figure you may have to a wait a week or two before he is worthy of starting, but this a proactive add based on potential.

 

COREY DAVIS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 42% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie was back on the field this week and caught two passes for 28 yards. While he was not heavily targeted, this was his first game back and his role in the offense should increase

 

MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 57% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lee is the best receiver on the Jaguars, and this week he had another good game. Marqise caught eight passes fro 75 yards with a touchdown. Nobody wants him because he is on the Jags, but he is getting a lot of targets on a weekly basis.

 

ROBERT WOODS – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 76% OF CBS LEAGUES

Woods hauled in four passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns, including an impressive 52-yard catch and run for a score where he outran the entire Giants defense. The Rams offense is starting get more consistency, so while the top end games will not be there for Woods, you can get this type of yardage with touchdown potential.

 

JAMISON CROWDER – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 54% OF CBS LEAGUES

Crowder was just getting going in the Redskins offense, and then he misses this week with a hamstring injury. This is the type of injury that can linger, so he is not a strong recommendation unless you can stash him for later.

 

COOPER KUPP – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 38% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kupp was quiet in a big win this week, catching only three passes for 54 yards. He was targeted in the redzone, so he still has that potential. The Rams offense is still clicking and he should get some good one on one opportunities.

 

REX BURKHEAD – RB – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 85% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Patriots are on a bye and Burkhead got back in the backfield roulette wheel. He has a chance to see his role increase in the offense and is worth a flier in deeper leagues.

 

TRAVIS BENJAMIN – WR – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 88% OF CBS LEAGUES

Benjamin was on a bye this week, but he was targeted a season high eight times last week, and has caught a touchdown in each of his last two games.

 

MARQUISE GOODWIN – WR – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 85% OF CBS LEAGUES

Goodwin only caught two passes, but they went for 68 yards. He also just missed on another big play. He has world-class speed and with Jimmy G coming, Goodwin becomes a must add in long touchdown leagues. He is a hit or miss player, but hopefully more hits in his future.

 

JOSH DOCTSON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 58% OF CBS LEAGUES

Doctson is another speedster who is getting more involved in the offense. He caught three passes for 59 yards and nearly had a touchdown this week. Washington seems to favor Doctson over the one year rental of Terrelle Pryor, and he should improve over the coming weeks.

 

TYLER LOCKETT – WR – SEAHAWKS – AVAILABLE IN 47% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lockett saw a decent amount of targets, but only caught two passes for 10 yards this week. He is still hit or miss as the third receiver for the Seahawks.

 

COREY CLEMENT – RB – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

Clement was a monster this week as the Eagles rolled the Broncos. He finished with 12 carries for 51 yards with two touchdowns, and then he caught a pass for a 15-yard touchdown. The Eagles have a crowded backfield and Jay Ajayi is only going to get more touches, which means you should temper your excitement over Clement for the coming weeks in Fantasy.

 

DAVONTAE BOOKER – RB – BRONCOS – AVAILABLE IN 79% OF CBS LEAGUES

Booker had six carries this week for 21 yards and caught two passes for nine yards. He saw a little more work after C.J. Anderson got dinged up, but was not able to get it going in the receiving game. Booker has value as an Anderson handcuff, but really only worth adding in deeper leagues.

 

ERIC DECKER – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 67% OF CBS LEAGUES

Decker found the endzone this week, but he only caught three passes for 21 yards. He is not getting targeted enough to be counted on for much fantasy production.

 

DEONTE THOMPSON – WR – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 97% OF CBS LEAGUES

Thompson had a nice game this week with seven receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. This came in a game that the Bills found themselves behind in, and remember that Kelvin Benjamin will be starting next week.

 

ZAY JONES – WR – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

Jones had his best game in the NFL last week, catching six passes for 53 yards with a score. He hurt his knee on a non-contact injury, but came back in the game. He will be moved to the third receiver with the addition of Kelvin Benjamin. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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