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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

Greg Olsen is the cover player for this weeks pickups waiver wire piece

Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8 (2017)

Posted by d-Rx on 10/24/17

by   The Archer


@TheArcher


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Greg Olsen - TE - Panthers - Available in 54% of CBS Leagues

Greg will test out running on his healing broken right foot next week. It’s an understatement to say the Panthers could use his services. It’s being said he is eyeing a Week 12 return. If everything goes right, and he’s playing well in the fantasy playoffs, and in your lineup - solid pickup.

 

JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Steelers - Available in 80% of CBS Leagues

Martavis Bryant is most likely a goner. If they can work a trade, they’ll take anything - if not, they’ll cut his ass. He talked shit about JuJu on his Instagram account… I think the team needs to move him.

 

Andrew Luck - QB - Colts - Available in 33% of CBS Leagues

If he’s available in your league. Why not, grab him. You’ll know bye Thanksgiving if he’s coming back or getting shelved for the season. If he comes back, hard to think he’s not a top-5 QB in fantasy for the rest of the season.

 

Corey Davis - WR - Titans - Available in 66% of CBS Leagues

He’ll be back after their bye week this week. He’s their WR1 once he returns.

 

OJ Howard - TE - Buccaneers - Available in 80% of CBS Leagues

And just like that, O.J. Howard has the 8th most fantasy points for tight ends in standard leagues. He put up 21.8 points, which is more points than Eric Ebron and Jordan Reed have on the season. He played in 71% of the team's snaps, which topped his biggest competition, Cameron Brate. O.J. was a first rounder, so get ready to see more and more of this specimen. He’s got big play potential

 

Latavius Murray - RB - Vikings - Available in 34% of CBS Leagues

Surprisingly available in some leagues. Had a nice game against a solid run defense in the Ravens with 113 yards and a TD.

 

Tyler Kroft - TE - Bengals - Available in 67% of CBS Leagues

With Tyler Eifert out for the season, Tyler Kroft is the tight end to own in Cincy. He has 3 touchdowns in his last 3 games. He definitely passes the eye test as a pass catching TE.

 

Dion Lewis - RB - Patriots - Available in 48% of CBS Leagues

Played on 26 snaps and got the ball in his hand 14 times. He’s the back to own in New England until he fumbles or gets hurt, then he won’t be.

 

Travis Benjamin - WR - Chargers - Available in 95% of CBS Leagues

By play guy. But seriously feast or famine. 3 double digit games, scoring 20.5 last week because of a 42-yard touchdown catch and a punt return.

 

Kenny Stills - WR - Dolphins - Available in 72% of CBS Leagues

The only WR that scored more than Stills in Week 7 was the Amari Cooper explosion. He topped 20 points, and obviously he and Matt Moore play catch well with one another. It’s a short week for Smoking Jay, so it appears Matt Moore is going to start this week. 9 targets and 2 TDs tell me it’s looking up for the burner Kenny.

 

Marlon Mack - RB - Colts - Available in 30% of CBS Leagues

If Pagano weren’t such a dud, this guy would be awesome. Until he gets more than 10 touches a game his fantasy prowess is handicapped.

 

Mohamed Sanu - WR - Falcons - Available in 37% of CBS Leagues

10 targets this week is a good look for Julio’s true #2. But I’d feel more confident Sanu throwing a touchdown to Matt Ryan than throwing up a big game. He hasn’t had a standard league 15 point game since joining the Falcons and I doubt he had one with the Bengals before then. Hard to get excited about Sanu no matter how nice of a guy he may be.

 

Chris Ivory - RB - Jaguars - Available in 30% of CBS Leagues

The Tiffin University Dragon (the mascot formerly known as Stuey) running back - huh? I’ve never heard of this place. Anyway, he racked up 17 carries and had a 1-yard TD in Leonard Fournette’s absence. They are on bye this week, and Fournette should be back from his ankle sprain for Week 9.

 

T.J. Yeldon - RB - Jaguars - Available in 98% of CBS Leagues

He had a 58-yard touchdown, and 122 yards on 9 carries. Considering he didn’t have a touch prior to Week 7, I’m going to chalk this performance up as a fluke.

 

Cooper Kupp - WR - Rams - Available in 45% of CBS Leagues

Kupp had a season-high 10 targets and caught his 3rd touchdown of the season on an 18-yard catch. He’s running up and down on the season, and they have a bye week this week, so you can probably wait.

 

Jordan Matthews - WR - Bills - Available in 71% of CBS Leagues

The Bills are throwing the ball at a fantasy castrating low level to their wide receivers. You would have to be really hurting at WR to feel confident owning, much less starting Jordan Matthews in any format. He’s got no TDs on the season and his best day was a 3 catch for 61-yard game.

 

Paul Richardson - WR - Seahawks - Available in 82% of CBS Leagues

3 TDs on the season and highest yardage total on the season was 65 against the Colts. He makes nice catches, but low ceiling low floor kind of guy.

 

Jonnu Smith - TE - Titans - Available in 96% of CBS Leagues

Delanie Walker’s sprained ankle looked pretty bad. Jonnu is his replacement. He could be solid if he gets the targets. He has more fantasy points on the season than Antonio Gates and Eric Ebron.

 

Ted Ginn Jr. - WR - Saints - Available in 32% of CBS Leagues

He’s had 2 straight games of over 15 fantasy points. He had 7 targets last week. In points for big play leagues, he’s get some upside. 

 

Demarcus Robinson - WR - Chiefs - Available in 99% of CBS Leagues

Low ceiling wideout that appears to be Chris Conley’s replacement.

 

A.J. Derby - TE - Broncos - Available in 93% of CBS Leagues

He led the Broncos in receiving this week. Not saying much. I’d be hard-pressed to find a scenario where you are playing this guy, but adding him to the list at least makes it seem like I watched his game against the Chargers in Week 7.

 

Matt Moore - QB - Dolphins - Available in 99% of CBS Leagues

Cutler has a hurt chest and the Dolphins play on a short week. Matt Moore is an interesting start for those of you that play in 2 QB leagues or are currently streaming.

 

Deonte Thompson - WR - Bills - Available in 99% of CBS Leagues

He had 100 yards receiving, which is the first 100 yard game by a Bill WR this season. Not bad for a guy that was signed a few days before the game. 

 

T.J. Jones - WR - Lions - Available in 100% of CBS Leagues

Jones had 9 targets in week 6 vs. the Saints

 

Josh McCown - QB - Jets - Available in 77% of CBS Leagues

Back to back 22+ point games and has 7 TD tosses in his last 3 games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: d-Rx® (while Houdini is traveling for work)

 

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