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Nick Foles

Kansas City Chiefs

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Oakland defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

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Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

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Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

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Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

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Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

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Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.


12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.


12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.


12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.


12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.


12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors


Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.


12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family


According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.


12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity


Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.


12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet


To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.


12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder


Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.


12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

D'Onte Foreman is our cover player for Waiver Wire pickups, but don't sleep on Paul Richardson or Jamaal Charles

Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3 (2017)

Posted by Houdini on 09/24/17

by   The Archer


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RISHARD MATTHEWS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 35% OF CBS LEAGUES

Matthews is that under the radar player that just gets it done. This week he caught six passes for 87 yards, highlighted by a 55-yard catch and run for a score. He has big game ability and should be owned in all leagues.

 

ELI MANNING – QB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 34% OF CBS LEAGUES

Everyone is down on Eli, but he still has OBJ and this week he showed why that matters, throwing for 366 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Eli will have to throw more with their lack of a running game, and OBJ is healthy.

 

DUKE JOHNSON – RB – BROWNS – AVAILABLE IN 31% OF CBS LEAGUES

Duke is seeing his role in the offense increase, and he is the only receiving back the Browns trust. He was active as a receiver this week with six catches for 81 yards, and he had two carries for 23 yards, including a 19-yard scamper for a score. Johnson will be a player you can use as a flex play and bye week replacement.

 

JARED GOFF – QB – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 77% OF CBS LEAGUES

Goff showed his growth at the quarterback position this week, completing 22 of 28 passes for 292 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Gurley is running hard, and they are letting Goff go in the offense, which is going to produce more games like this in the future.

 

JAMAAL CHARLES – RB – BRONCOS – AVAILABLE IN 37% OF CBS LEAUGES

Charles continues to produce, and he will see his role increase in the offense. The week he had nine carries for 56 yards with a score, and caught one pass for one yard. C.J. Anderson has yet to show that he can be a 250 carry back, and Charles is showing the explosion he is known for and will see more touches as the season goes on.

 

CASE KEENUM – QB – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 99% OF CBS LEAGUES

If Bradford misses another game you might want to consider adding Keenum. He completed 25 of 33 passes for 369 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Vikings are running an efficient offense.

 

DESHAUN WATSON – QB – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 72% OF CBS LEAGUES

Watson threw for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, but also ran eight times for 41 yards. The rookie is getting more comfortable, and the rushing yards are a big bonus for fantasy owners.

 

SAMAJE PERINE – RB – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 39% OF CBS LEAGUES

 

CHRIS JOHNSON – RB – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 36% OF CBS LEAGUES

 

ALVIN KAMARA – RB – SAINTS – AVAILABLE IN 43% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kamara has claimed a role in the Saints offense and this week he had two carries for 37 yards, with a 25-yard touchdown, and caught three passes for five yards. The Saints love his explosion, and he is the most explosive back they have. They could trade Peterson or Ingram, and if they do then Kamara’s stock goes way up.

 

ROBBY ANDERSON – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES

Anderson finally made a fantasy appearance this week with 95 yards on three receptions with a 69-yard touchdown. This is still the Jets offense and he only had three receptions, so temper your future expectations.

 

CHARLES CLAY – TE – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 59% OF CBS LEAGUES

Clay continues to play well. This week he caught six passes for 39 yards with a touchdown. He is still a favorite target of Tyrod Taylor, and his floor is rising.

 

D’ONTA FOREMAN – RB – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 60% OF CBS LEAGUES

Foreman did not do anything special this week as a runner, gaining 25 yards on eight carries, but he did gain 65 yards on two receptions. This rookie will only see his role increase as the season goes on, and is a must own for Lamar Miller owners.

 

C.J. PROSISE – RB – SEAHAWKS – AVAILABLE IN 71% OF CBS LEAGUES

Chris Carson has locked down the lead back role, but Prosise is the change of pace. He had four carries for nine yards, but caught three passes for 65 yards. His explosion makes him worth a shot, but he needs more consistent touches.

 

JAY CUTLER – QB – DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 43% OF CBS LEAGUES

Cutler was just a game manager this week, and not a great one. He completed 26 of 44 passes for 220 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He is likely to have a lot of games like this, which is why Jared Goff is a better option.

 

DANNY AMENDOLA – WR – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 49% OF CBS LEAGUES

Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.

 

TRAVIS BENJAMIN – WR – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Chargers have a lot of receivers vying for touches, but Benjamin may have the most big play ability. This week he caught five passes for 105 yards. If he continues to be targeted this much by Philip Rivers he will have a chance to make plays and is worth a roster spot in deeper leagues.

 

ROBERT WOODS – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAGUES

Woods is never going to dazzle you, but he can give you some workman like efforts. This week was one of thos times, as he caught six passes for 108 yards. That will probably be his best game of the year, but he can give you a decent floor as a bye week replacement.

 

JALEN RICHARD – RB – RAIDERS – AVAILABLE IN 47% OF CBS LEAGUES

 

BEN WATSON – TE – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 72% OF CBS LEAGUES

Watson only had three receptions for 12 yards this week, but one of them was a touchdown, so his fantasy line looks better than it was. He is a redzone target and can be bye week replacement if necessary.

 

GERONIMO ALLISON – WR – PACKERS – AVAILABLE IN 87% OF CBS LEAGUES

Allison had a coming out party this week with six catches for 122 yards. Just remember that he is the fourth receiver on the Packers, which usually is a good thing. Rodgers will find the open player and Allison got himself more playing time after this performance.

 

JERMAINE KEARSE – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 51% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kearse did not do much this week with just three receptions for 42 yards. He is not going to have many 100-yard games or a lot of touchdowns. Kearse is a middle of the road player who will have a flash, but probably on your bench.

 

MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lee had an average day with four receptions for 65 yards. That is about what you can expect from Lee, as he does not have a lot of high-end upside.

 

WENDALL SMALLWOOD – RB – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES

Smallwood had one of his best games a pro with 12 carries for 71 yards and one catch for nine yards. The Eagles are looking for more out of their running game, and after this performance Smallwood should see more consistent touches going forward.

 

ALEX COLLINS – RB – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 94% OF CBS LEAGUES

Collins was the best of the Ravens backs this week, gaining 82 yards on nine carries. The problem here is that we have no idea who the coaching staff really likes at running back, since they are all average. This is a situation to avoid at the moment.

 

BRIAN HOYER – QB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 90% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hoyer is starting to click in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. This week he completed 23 of 37 passes for 332 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He can be a good quarterback to stream based on matchups.

 

DESHONE KIZER – QB – BROWNS – AVAILABLE IN 78% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie had an up and down week, completing 22 of 47 passes for 242 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Browns are letting him throw, but he is also making a lot of mistakes.

 

TAYLOR GABRIEL – WR – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 66% OF CBS LEAGUES

Gabriel gave one of his splash games this week, catching five passes for 71 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown. If you are looking for a big play receiver in deeper leagues then Gabriel has potential, but there are going to be a lot of two catches for 22 yards as well.

 

DEVIN FUNCHESS – WR – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 47% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Panthers do not have a lot of options at receiver, so Funchess actually becomes fantasy relevant. This week he caught four passes for 58 yards. If he can limit the drops he does have potential in a division that scores a lot of points.

 

ADAM HUMPHRIES – WR – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 94% OF CBS LEAGUES

Humphries is an under the radar receiver for the Bucs, and this week he caught six passes for 68 yards. The only problem is that he is also competing with Chris Godwin for touches.

 

CHRIS GODWIN – WR – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAGUES

Godwin is an under the radar receiver for the Bucs, and this week he caught three passes for 44 yards. The only problem is he is also competing with Adam Humphries for touches…see what I did there.

 

BRANDON COLEMAN – WR – SAINTS – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAGUES

Coleman only had one reception for 11 yards this week, but that was a touchdown catch. On a good day he will get you 80 yards, and this was closer to a normal day in terms of yards and targets, not touchdowns.

 

KENNY STILLS – WR – DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 66% OF CBS LEAGUES

Stills is getting his shots in the offense, and this week caught four passes for 51 yards. The problem is that the Dolphins are not going to be a dynamic passing team, and Stills is going to flash but it will be tough to predict.

 

ED DICKSON – TE – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 78% OF CBS LEAGUES

Dickson was a complete disappointment this week with one catch for eight yards. Just because he is filling in for Olsen, he is still Ed Dickson.

 

MIKE TOLBERT – RB – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 84% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Bills do not have a legitimate #2 RB, so FB Mike Tolbert is the primary backup. This week he carried the ball 11 times for 41 yards. If McCoy were to get hurt Tolbert would be the lead back, and he has the body to be effective at the goal line.

 

RASHAD HIGGINS – WR – BROWNS – AVAILABLE IN 60% OF CBS LEAGUES

Higgins came back down to earth with two catches for 10 yards…told ya so!

 

 

 

 

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