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January 17, 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

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Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 15 (2017)

Posted by Houdini on 12/11/17

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

 

DEDE WESTBROOK – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 43% OF CBS LEAGUES

Westbrook showed that he is for real and can help you in your fantasy playoffs as he caught five passes for 81 yards with a touchdown against the Seahawks. He has a favorable schedule down the stretch with games against the Texans, then at the 49ers and at the Titans.

 

MARQUISE GOODWIN – WR – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 42% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hopefully you grabbed Goodwin, because he had another good week with Jimmy G. He finished with six catches for 108 yards. He has quickly become a favorite target of Garoppolo, and has another good matchup next week against the Titans, who allow the seventh most fantasy points to wide receivers. It gets tougher after that with games against Jacksonville and at the Rams to close out the season.

 

ERIC EBRON – TE – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ebron has turned it on the down the stretch and had his best game of the season with 10 catches for 94 yards. He has a good schedule the rest of the way with games against the Bears, at the Bengals and home for the Packers.

 

MIKE WALLACE – WR – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 47% OF CBS LEAGUES

Plays Sunday Night. Remaining schedule: @Cle, Ind & Cin.

 

JIMMY GAROPPOLO – QB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 59% OF CBS LEAGUES

Jimmy G continues to look impressive. This week he completed 20 of 33 passes for 334 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He has a decent matchup next week against the Titans, but it gets tougher in his last two matchups with the Jaguars and at the Rams.

 

PEYTON BARBER – RB – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 50% OF CBS LEAUGES

Doug Martin returned and scored a touchdown, but he also fumbled. Barber was still a big part of the Bucs running attack, but only managed 58 yards on 12 carries. The fumble may mean more touches going forward, and it is divisional matchups the rest of the way against Atlanta, at Carolina and home for the Saints.

 

JOSH MCCOWN – QB – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 39% OF CBS LEAGUES

McCown had a horrible game before injuring his hand, completing six of 12 passes for 46 yards with an interception. If he gets healthy for next week then he will have to put up points at New Orleans, followed by the Chargers at home and at the Patriots to close out the season.

 

O.J. HOWARD – TE – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 59% OF CBS LEAGUES

It keeps going back and forth between Howard and Brate, but it looks like the rookie is going to get the majority of targets the rest of the way. He had four catches for 54 yards with a touchdown this week, but he also had a fumble. The Bucs will have to put up points down the stretch with division games against the Falcons, at the Panthers and home for the Saints.

 

THEO RIDDICK – RB – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 33% OF CBS LEAGUES

With no Abdullah again this week Riddick made some fantasy hay, with 10 carries for 29 yards with two touchdowns, and caught six passes for 64 yards. He has favorable matchups the rest of the way with the Bears next week, followed by a trip to Cincinnati and home for the Packers.

 

COREY COLEMAN – WR – BROWNS – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Coleman is benefitting from the return of Josh Gordon, and this week he caught five passes for 62 yards with a touchdown. He has a tough matchup next week with the Ravens, then on the road for the Bears (a good potential matchup) and finally at Pittsburgh.

 

TYRELL WILLIAMS – WR – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 80% OF CBS LEAGUES

Williams had his best game of the season, catching four passes for 132 yards, highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown. Unfortunately he is a bit too inconsistent to trust, but you might be more willing to trust with games at KC, at the Jets and home for the Raiders.

 

TYLER LOCKETT – WR – SEAHAWKS – AVAILABLE IN 71% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lockett had a big game this week with four catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. He is hit or miss, but he has a chance for success with a remaining schedule of the Rams, at the Cowboys and home for the Cardinals.

 

RICKY SEALS-JONES – TE – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 37% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was a come back to earth game for Seals-Jones, with one catch for 20 yards on the day. He still has some upside with games remaining at Washington, home for the Giants and closing out at Seattle.

 

COREY DAVIS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 62% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie saw more targets this week, but it was more of the same with just three receptions for 29 yards. It is too hard to trust him in your fantasy playoffs. He travels to the 49ers next week, followed by the Rams and Jaguars at home.

 

KERWYNN WILLIAMS – RB – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 85% OF CBS LEAGUES

Williams once again led the way out the backfield with 20 carries for 73 yards, and he caught one pass for 15 yards. He is not a major fantasy threat with Gabbert under center, but he is getting touches. He goes to the Redskins next week, then gets the Giants at home, before finishing the season in Seattle.

 

KENDALL WRIGHT – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 89% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was Kendall Wright who was the main target of Mitchell Trubisky this week, catching 10 passes for 107 yards. The Bears are opening up the offense more as of late, and their next two weeks could be good for Wright as the Bears go to Detroit, and then face the Browns before closing out at the Vikings.

 

AUSTIN EKELER – RB – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 43% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ekeler is clearly not in a timeshare with Melvin Gordon. He did gain 49 yards on four carries, but most of those came at the end of the half on a 33-yard run. His remaining schedule is at the Chiefs, at the Jets and home for the Raiders.

 

ROD SMITH – RB – COWBOYS – AVAILABLE IN 72% OF CBS LEAGUES

Smith had a huge game this week with six carries for 47 yards with a score, and five catches for 113 yards with an 81-yard touchdown. You may want to try to catch lightning in a bottle next week at the Raiders, but Ezekiel Elliott will be back for Week 16.

 

WAYNE GALLMAN – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 92% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie saw more action this week, with 12 carries for 59 yards and seven receptions for 40 yards. He may see a similar workload the rest of the way as the Giants try to figure out what they have in Gallman. He does not have the easiest schedule remaining with games against the Eagles, at the Cardinals and home for the Redskins.

 

MITCHELL TRUBISKY – QB – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 85% OF CBS LEAGUES

Trubisky is finally being allowed to throw the ball, and this week he completed 25 of 32 passes for 271 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He has a chance to do well in his next two matchups at Detroit and home for the Browns, before closing out at the Vikings.

 

ADAM SHAHEEN – TE – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAUGES

The Bears are throwing the ball more, and Shaheen is a big target in the redzone. He caught four passes for 44 yards with a score this week, and should get a decent amount of targets the rest of the season. He goes to Detroit, then gets the Browns at home before a final game at the Vikings.

 

COLE BEASLEY – WR – COWBOYS – AVAILABLE IN 63% OF CBS LEAGUES

Beasley had one big catch this week, and finished with three receptions for 59 yards. He faces a poor Raiders defense next week, but then gets the Seahawks and a road game against the Eagles to close it out.

 


 

 

 

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