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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Who should you pick up off the waiver wire and put a claim in for? Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4 (2017)

Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4 (2017)

Posted by Houdini on 10/01/17

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LATAVIUS MURRAY – RB – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 78% OF CBS LEAGUES

Dalvin Cook has been lost for the season with an ACL injury, which means that Latavius Murray will once again be the starter for the Vikings. He was not very impressive this week with 21 yards on seven carries, and two catches for eight yards, but he is now the starter going forward.

 

WILL FULLER – WR – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 79% OF CBS LEAGUES

Fuller saw his first action of the year this week and he caught four passes for 35 yards with two touchdowns. Fuller was targeted downfield by Watson, and while they did not connect, those will come. Fuller is a nice add in long touchdown leagues, and it looks like he will see the second most amount targets after Hopkins.

 

WENDALL SMALLWOOD – RB – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 30% OF CBS LEAGUES

Smallwood did see the increase in workload and he had a nice fantasy week. He rushed 10 times for 34 yards with a touchdown, and caught four passes for 45 yards. With Sproles out his role has increased, and he is getting ample carries which is a good sign.

 

AARON JONES – RB – PACKERS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Packers lost both Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams to injury and Jones stepped in and looked good, carrying the ball 13 times for 49 yards with a touchdown. If they both miss time Jones will be the lead back, and regardless he may have leapfrogged Williams with this performance.

 

ALFRED MORRIS – RB – COWBOYS – AVAILABLE IN 87% OF CBS LEAGUES

Morris had two carries for 76 yards, but that is not why he is on this list. We will find out the fate of Ezekiel Elliott on Monday, and if suspended Morris becomes the lead back.

 

ALVIN KAMARA – RB – SAINTS – AVAILABLE IN 38% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kamara has become the second back in the Saints backfield, and you might even consider him the #1 with the way he is used in the passing game. He carried the ball five times for 25 yards and added 71 yards with a score on 10 catches. Sean Peyton is going to look for more ways to get this kid the ball. Grab him now if available.

 

DEVIN FUNCHESS – WR – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 44% OF CBS LEAGUES

Funchess showed up big time this week in New England, catching seven passes for 70 yards with two touchdowns. Drops have always been a problem, but he is getting the targets now. This may be his best fantasy game of the year, but he is definitely going to be a bigger part of the passing offense going forward.

 

COOPER KUPP – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 42% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie has been up and down this season, but this was another up week with five catches for 60 yards and a score. Sammy Watkins is helping to open things up for Kupp, and he is developing a nice rapport with Goff.

 

GERONIMO ALLISON – WR – PACKERS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES

Allison did not record a stat last week, but he will see a lot more action this week while Davante Adams recovers, which could be a long time. Allison will step in as the third receiver, and will have lots of chances with Aaron Rodgers throwing the pill.

 

JARON BROWN – WR – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 92% OF CBS LEAGUES

Jaron Brown was able to be effective with John Brown also on the field this week. He caught eight passes for 122 yards, so he is showing nice upside. The only problem is all the other receivers he is competing with, but I think it is bad news for them. If he improves his consistency he could be a major boom to fantasy lineups.  

 

WAYNE GALLMAN – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 97% OF CBS LEAGUES

Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen have been horrible this season, so the Giants finally let the rookie hit the field to see what he could do. He finished with 11 carries for 42 yards and caught two passes for eight yards and a touchdown. He is likely to see a larger workload going forward, as Perkins was terrible again with 13 yards on nine carries.

 

ANDY DALTON – QB – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 32% OF CBS LEAGUES

Dalton is starting to get it together, and this week he completed 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. This offense has a lot more potential and they are starting to show it.

 

JARED GOFF – QB – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 66% OF CBS LEAGUES

Goff had a gutsy performance in a road in victory Dallas this week and completed 21 of 36 passes for 255 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He is available in a lot of leagues, and this offense is really coming together.

 

AUSTIN HOOPER – TE – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 45% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hooper has been seeing his role in the passing game increase this season, and it could be in for an even bigger boost. He caught five passes for 50 yards this week, but the big news was the injuries to Julio Jones (hip) and Mohamed Sanu (hamstring). If they miss an extended period of time Hooper will be needed to pick up the slack in the passing game.

 

DANNY AMENDOLA – WR – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 48% OF CBS LEAGUES

When Amendola is healthy he makes plays, and that was the case this week. He caught six passes for 42 yards with a score. Brady has faith in Amendola, and he is only receiver that is running the underneath routes in the offense.

 

DESHAUN WATSON – QB – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

Watson was great this week, throwing for 283 yards with four touchdowns, one interception, and ran for 24 yards with another score. Will Fuller added another dimension to the passing attack, and Watson is a playmaker.

 

D’ONTA FOREMAN – RB – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 41% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie continues to be second back behind Lamar Miller, and while Miller went off this week Foreman had a ho-hum day with 13 carries for 45 yards. He is still a big part of what the Texans are doing, and if Miller goes down he takes over as the starter.

 

ALEX COLLINS – RB – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 87% OF CBS LEAGUES

Collins was the most dynamic runner for the Ravens this week, gaining 82 yards on nine carries, although he did have a fumble. It looks like the rookie is going to get more carries going forward, and that is bad news for Terrance West. Collins is worth adding in deeper leagues.

 

ANDRE ELLINGTON – RB – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 52% OF CBS LEAGUES

The DUKE is making an impact in fantasy once again. He is finally in his correct spot as the change of pace back to Chris Johnson, and he is doing major damage as a receiver. He caught eight passes for 78 yards and carried the ball five times for 18 yards.

 

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

Chris Johnson had 13 carries this week, which was the most on the team, but he only gained 32 yards. He also caught three passes for 31 yards, but failed to find the endzone. Johnson is not going to give you a good game when they go to the passing attack, as they did this week.

 

CAMERON BRATE – TE – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 48% OF CBS LEAGUES

O.J. Howard had the long touchdown catch, but it was Brate down the stretch that got it done for Winston and the Bucs. He finished with four catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Howard has more flash, but Brate is the safety blanket for Winston and out there on more snaps.

 

KENDALL WRIGHT – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 62% OF CBS LEAGUES

It has not been good to be a Bears receiver this year, but Wright is the best of what is left and last week he caught four passes for 51 yards. The best news for Wright is that Mike Glennon is sure to lose the starting job in the coming weeks, if not this week. His stock goes up with Trubisky under center.

 

ADAM HUMPHRIES – WR – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 99% OF CBS LEAGUES

Humphries was a nice target for Jameis Winston this week, catching six passes for 70 yards. Humphries is doing a good job working underneath of DJax and Evans.

 

ROBBY ANDERSON – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 80% OF CBS LEAGUES

Anderson only caught three passes this week, but he gained 59 yards. He is a deep threat receiver, but does not get enough looks on a consistent basis to truly be trusted in fantasy.

 

ELIJAH MCGUIRE – RB – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 90% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie is getting his looks while Matt Forte is out, and this week he made good use of his touches. McGuire had 10 carries for 93 yards, including a 69-yard run for a score. He also added 38 yards on two catches. This type of performance is going to have the Jets wanting to get him the ball more, which makes this backfield a nasty proposition when Forte returns.

 

JUJU SCHUSTER-SMITH – WR – STEELERS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAGUES

The rookie caught three passes for 47 yards with a score this week. He has become the third receiving option behind Brown and Bryant, and while he is not going to have monster games his workload should provide a better floor going forward. He is still only worth adding in deeper leagues.

 

TAYLOR GABRIEL – WR – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 63% OF CBS LEAGUES

Gabriel did not record a catch this week, but he could be in for more work if Julio Jones (hip) and Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) both miss time with injuries.

 

JALEN RICHARD – RB – RAIDERS – AVAILABLE IN 63% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was a nothing-special day for Richard, with two carries for seven yards and one catch for 20 yards. The Raiders may have lost Derek Carr for some time due to a back injury, and that is not good news for Richard.  

 

BEN WATSON – TE – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 65% OF CBS LEAGUES

Watson had a decent week, catching five passes for 43 yards. The Ravens had a hard time generating offense this week, and Watson continues to be a safety blanket for Joe Flacco.

 

ED DICKSON – TE – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 89% OF CBS LEAGUES

Dickson had three receptions for 62 yards this week as the starting tight end. He is not going to dazzle you, but he is getting chances while Olsen recovers.

 

MITCH TRUBISKY – QB – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

Mike Glennon has been horrible and it is only a matter of time before Mitch gets the call, and it could be as soon as this week.

 

TYLER KROFT – TE – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kroft is making his presence know while Tyler Eifert remains out. This week he was a big part of the offense, catching six passes for 68 yards with two scores. When Eifert returns his value goes away.

 

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

Kearse did not do much this week with four catches for 17 yards. There is going to be a lot of inconsistent play from Kearse the rest of the way.

 

KENNY STILLS – WR – DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 58% OF CBS LEAGUES

Stills was quiet this week with only three catches for 13 yards. They did try to utilizing him on screens, so maybe he is going to see more looks in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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