Week 20
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 16 (2017)

Posted by Houdini on 12/17/17

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

 

 

PLAYERS WITH A LEGITIMATE CHANCE TO HELP YOU

 

NICK FOLES – QB – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Foles showed that he is ready to step in and bring you the championship next week. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 237 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He gets another favorable matchup next week at home against the Raiders.

 

KEELAN COLE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAGUES

Cole had a huge week with seven catches for 186 yards and long touchdown. He has now improved his yardage by at least 50 yards and scored a touchdown in each of his last three games. He hits the road to take on the 49ers next week, so you can feel good about him continuing the touchdown streak, especially if Marqise Lee can’t go.

 

MIKE WALLACE – WR – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 46% OF CBS LEAGUES

Wallace was able to do some damage against the Browns, catching six passes for 89 yards. He has an even better matchup next week at home against the Colts. This is a prime matchup for championship week.

 

MARTAVIS BRYANT – WR – STEELERS – AVAILABLE IN 47% OF CBS LEAGUES

Antonio Brown left with a nasty injury and that means that Bryant can come out of the doghouse. He caught four passes for 59 yards with a touchdown and he gets the Texans in Houston next week.

 

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

Jimmy G was good once again, as he completed 31 of 41 passes for 381 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Marquise Goodwin has become a nice weapon for him and he is doing a good job of spreading the ball around, although he will have a very difficult matchup next week at home against the Jaguars.

 

ERIC EBRON – TE – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 56% OF CBS LEAGUES

If you need a consistent play at tight end with a chance for a touchdown then Ebron is your man. He caught five passes for 33 yards with a touchdown this week, and he has a great matchup against a Bengals defense that is completely beat up.

 

CHARLES CLAY – TE – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Just like Ebron, Clay is a consistent play with the chance for a touchdown. He caught five passes for 68 yards, and he will be called on to do even more next week as the Bills hit the road to face the Patriots.

 

DEDE WESTBROOK – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 45% OF CBS LEAGUES

Dede had a hard time getting going this week, only catching two passes for 21 yards. Marqise Lee might be out again next week, and it is a favorable matchup at the 49ers.

 

KERWYNN WILLIAMS – RB – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Williams is getting plenty of touches, and this week he carried 17 times for 61 yards. While he is getting most of the carries, he is not doing it as a receiver. The Cardinals get a good matchup next week with the Giants coming to town, so there is a better than average chance he could find the endzone.

 

WAYNE GALLMAN – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 90% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie is getting more looks down the stretch, and had eight carries for 39 ayrds and six catches for 40 yards against the Eagles. He is giving way to Darkwa at the goal line, but if you are in PPR and need some help Gallman could provide a decent game next week at the Cardinals.

 

PEYTON BARBER – RB – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 57% OF CBS LEAUGES

Barber plays on Monday night, and it is not clear how the division of touches will go between him and Martin. If he gets a good amount of touches he could have some value, but you should be concerned about a road game in Carolina with one less day of rest.

 

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

Wright has emerged as the favorite target of Mitch Trubisky. This week he caught seven passes for 81 yards. The Bears are opening up the offense more here to see exactly what they havein Trubisky, and Wright will have a favorable matchup at home next week against the Browns.

 

ELI MANNING – QB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 62% OF CBS LEAGUES

Since returning from his benching, Eli has been playing much better football. He completed 37 of 57 passes for 434 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against the Eagles. The Giants don’t have much in the form of a running game, so expect Eli to be throwing a lot again next week as he visits the Cardinals.

 

 

PLAYERS WITH SOME UPSIDE, BUT YOU ARE REACHING AND SHOULDN’T

 

JAYDON MICKENS – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Jaydon Mickens burst onto the scene this week, catching four passes for 61 yards with two of them going for touchdowns. This was mostly due to Marqise Lee missing the game, so don’t count on this production, even if Lee misses next week when Mickens visits the 49ers. You would be wishing on a star.

 

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

Coleman has been a disappointment and this week he only caught one pass for 16 yards. He does have a good matchup in Chicago facing the Bears, but this is what I mean by reaching for a guy.

 

TYRELL WILLIAMS – WR – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 77% OF CBS LEAGUES

Williams came right back to earth after having a big game, only catching three passes for 31 yards. He is part of a quagmire of receivers after Keenan Allen, and while he does have a nice matchup at the Jets next week he is not worth the reach.

 

TYLER LOCKETT – WR – SEAHAWKS – AVAILABLE IN 70% OF CBS LEAGUES

Locket was totally ineffective this week with only two catches for eight yards. He is not worth starting next week at the Cowboys so don’t reach.  

 

COREY DAVIS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 65% OF CBS LEAGUES

Davis has just failed to live up to the potential this season, and this week was no different as he only caught three passes for 28 yards against a poor 49ers defense. You should leave him on the waiver wire after his failure to produce as he has a tough matchup against the Rams at home.

 

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

Trubisky was finally able to let it loose once the game was out of hand this week, and finished completing 31 of 46 passes for 314 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. They need to let him air it out with two weeks left in the season, and the Browns at home is a good opponent to try it out on, but you shouldn’t.

 

 

 

 

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