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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

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Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 9 (2017)

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

 


PAUL RICHARDSON – WR – SEAHAWKS – AVAILABLE IN 54% OF CBS LEAGUES

Richardson had a monster game this week catching six passes for 105 yards with two touchdowns. The Seahawks can’t get their run game going, which is putting all the pressure on the passing game. That means more looks for Richardson, who is a downfield and redzone threat.

 

JAMISON CROWDER – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Crowder finally came out from wherever he had been hiding and had his best game of the season catching nine passes for 123 yards and carried twice for 12 yards. Crowder was a top-15 receiver for most of last season, but has been non-existent this year. Hopefully this game was the spark he needs to save his fantasy season and be a great waiver wire pickup.

 

JACK DOYLE – TE – COLTS – AVAILABLE IN 38% OF CBS LEAGUES

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack catch everything Jacoby Brissett throws his way, well just about. Doyle was targeted 14 times this week and caught 12 passes for 121 yards with a touchdown. He has become the safety blanket for Brissett and if he keeps getting targeted like this he needs to be added and started.

 

TYLER LOCKETT – WR – SEAHAWKS – AVAILABLE IN 72% OF CBS LEAGUES

If you miss out on Richardson then maybe you should consider Lockett. He did not have the touchdown production of Richardson, but he had the most yards on the day. Lockett caught six passes for 121 yards. Lack of running game gives him more targets.

 

REX BURKHEAD – RB – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 87% OF CBS LEAGUES

Burkhead returned to the Patriots lineup and Belichick was ready to deploy him. Rex had four carries for 15 yards, but he did his damage as a receiver, catching seven passes for 68 yards. The only issue here is that the Patriots backfield is once again clogged with talent. Although, if Chris Hogan is hurt it will send more targets to the backfield.

 

ALEX COLLINS – RB – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 51% OF CBS LEAGUES  

Collins is the most effective runner for the Ravens, and he showed it this week gaining 113 yards on 18 carries. He is still splitting carries with Buck Allen, but he has definitively been the better runner. The Ravens are leaning on their run game, which makes Collins more effective.

 

AUSTIN HOOPER – TE – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 36% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hooper continues to see his role in the passing game increase, and this week he caught four passes for 47 yards with a touchdown in some terrible weather. He is a big play waiting to happen and has a nice floor.

 

ROBBY ANDERSON – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Anderson has been on this list for weeks, and he finally be gobbled up after his big game this week. Anderson caught six passes for 104 yards and scored a touchdown. Anderson is starting to see more targets, and he is best big play receiver the Jets have. He is boom or bust, but he is showing signs for more boom game potential the rest of the way.

 

ORLEANS DARKWA – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 33% OF CBS LEAGUES

Darkwa is still the clear leader in the Giants backfield, but that is not saying much. The Giants are floundering, but at least he should get the redzone touches, and his back week is now passed.

 

BENNIE FOWLER – WR – BRONCOS – AVAILABLE IN 89% OF CBS LEAUGES

Plays on Monday Night.

 

MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 54% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lee was on a bye this week, but he had another good showing before the bye, catching four passes for 72 yards. He is more valuable in PPR, but he has potential to pop in the right matchup.

 

COOPER KUPP – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 45% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kupp was on a bye this week, but the rookie showed his potential last week, catching four passes for 51 yards with a touchdown. His bye week is now passed, and he should continue to improve as he grows with Goff.

 

TRAVIS BENJAMIN – WR – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 92% OF CBS LEAGUES

Benjamin has started to become more involved in the Chargers offense, and that was very apparent this week as he caught five passes for 64 yards with a score, and had two carries for 14 yards. Benjamin is the Chargers Jet Sweep receiver, so if they keep showing that look it gets him on the field more, which means more chances to score fantasy points.

 

COREY CLEMENT – RB – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAUGES

Clement gained 54 yards on 10 carries against the 49ers the week. This mostly came as the Eagles had the game well at hand, so Clement is still really just a handcuff to Blount and does not have a lot of fantasy value.

 

ANDRE HOLMES – WR – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Holmes showed up big for the Bills against his former team, catching three passes for 51 yards with a touchdown. The Bills are looking for anyone to make plays in the receiving game, and this performance by Holmes should give him more looks as Zay Jones continues to struggle.

 

GEORGE KITTLE – TE – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 87% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kittle only caught two passes for 22 yards this week, as the Eagles defense had the advantage all day long. There should be some better opportunities ahead, but this is a bad offense.

 

ADAM HUMPHRIES – WR – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Panthers held Adam Humphries and the Bucs in check this week, as he only managed 26 yards on four catches. The good news is that he has locked down the slot receiver position, but the bad news is that he is the fourth option in the passing game.

 

TRE MCBRIDE – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

McBride was the favorite downfield target of Mitch Trubisky, and he caught three passes for 92 yards. McBride is really not an option in fantasy as the Bears are throwing for around 150 yards per game, which limits the chances he has to give you real fantasy production.

 

ED DICKSON – TE – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 55% OF CBS LEAGUES

A very dull performance this week for Dickson with four catches for only 24 yards. The return of Olsen is looming.

 

 

 

 

 

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