Week 20
January 22, 2018
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Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back


Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.


01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?


Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.


01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again


Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.


01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand


Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
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
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.


01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


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

Lance Kendricks becoming a target monster

Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

Posted by Houdini on 11/06/16

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ALL PLAYERS LISTED ARE AVAILABLE IN 30% OR MORE OF CBS LEAGUES

 

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

 

ERIC EBRON – TE – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 40% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ebron is showing the skills that made him the 10th overall pick of the Lions in 2014. Eric hauled in seven passes for 92 yards this week against a tough Vikings defense. Ebron has become the safety blanket for Matthew Stafford, and he is showing nice ability after the catch as well. He is an injury risk, but he has been doing a better job avoiding contact of late.

 

LANCE KENDRICKS – TE – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 68% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Rams lack legitimate weapons in the passing game, and Kendricks has been taking advantage of the increase in targets because of that. Kendricks was targeted 12 times this week and has been targeted 29 times over the last three weeks. With tight end being as weak as it is this season, Lance is nice grab that you can start the next three weeks with games against the Jets, Dolphins and Saints.  

 

CHRIS IVORY – RB – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 41% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ivory finally showed why the Jaguars gave him big money in the offseason this week, carrying the rock 18 times for 107 yards. He did have a costly goal line fumble, but it should not hurt him going into next week, as T.J. Yeldon also fumbled this week. Ivory is not a pass catcher, so his value is stronger in standard leagues, but this performance should give him the majority of carries in the backfield next week and going forward.

 

ALFRED MORRIS –RB – COWBOYS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ezekiel Elliott has been linked to a second incident with his ex-girlfriend, but it is still unclear if he will face a suspension this year. It is my opinion that he will not be suspended this season, but that does not mean that Alfred Morris is not worth picking up. Zeke has had a ton of carries this season, and is on pace for more than 350 on the season. There is a good chance that Elliott hits the rookie wall during your fantasy playoffs. Morris is a handcuff you must have. This week Morris got 17 carries for 56 yards.

 

KENNY BRITT – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 34% OF CBS LEAGUES

Britt did not have a big yardage game, with 49 yards on four receptions, but he did find the endzone, and now has three touchdowns over his last three games. Kenny is the best receiver on the Rams, and will continue to get a good amount of targets on a weekly basis. This yardage is the floor for him, so he is not giving you goose eggs.

 

MOHOMAD SANU – WR – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 39% OF CBS LEAGUES
Sanu is locked in as the second receiver for the Falcons, and he continues to get favorable matchups with defenses focusing on Julio Jones. This week he caught five passes for 74 yards, but was held out of the endzone. With the amount of targets Sanu is getting on a weekly basis he should be added in all leagues.

 

PAUL PERKINS – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 60% OF CBS LEAGUES

Perkins had 32 yards on 11 carries and added 15 yards on three receptions this week. The 11 carries for Perkins were tied for the team lead with Rashad Jennings, and he out gained him this week. Perkins is likely to start getting the majority of touches in the backfield going forward. He is the most explosive player they have at running back, and he just needs to improve on his blocking to see even more offensive snaps. He should be added in all leagues, as he could become a valuable cog when the fantasy playoffs roll around.

 

AUSTIN HOOPER – TE – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 69% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hooper got the start this week with Jacob Tamme sidelined and he made good on his opportunity, catching three passes for 46 yards with a touchdown. The rookie is getting more involved in the offense and he has the ability to stretch the defense, which creates nice one on one opportunites that Matt Ryan will look to exploit going forward.

 

CHRIS HOGAN – WR – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 60% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Patriots were on bye this week, but Hogan has been showing nice chemistry with Tom Brady and should be picked up if you have enough bench depth in your league.

 

JACK DOYLE – TE – COLTS – AVAILABLE IN 41% OF CBS LEAGUES

Doyle continues to be a favorite target of Andrew Luck, and this week he hauled in five passes for 61 yards. The bigger news is that Dwayne Allen only caught one pass for 15 yards. Doyle has taken over as the lead tight end, and will have some decent matchups after the bye next week.

 

 

PLAYERS WITH UPSIDE THAT ARE WORTH STASHING

 

KENNETH DIXON – RB – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 66% OF CBS LEAGUES

Dixon was still behind Terrance West in terms of touches, and struggled again this week with 13 yards on 9 carries. The good news for Dixon is that West also struggled, gaining 21 yards on 15 carries. The Ravens like the potential of KD, so expect that he will continue to be in a committee with West, but has the potential to take it over with a strong game.

 

MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lee is not a major touchdown threat, but he is becoming a bigger part of the Jags offense than Allen Hurns in terms of production. This week he had 84 yards on four catches, and added 11 yards on a carry this week. Lee has good speed and is worth stashing in deeper leagues.

 

J.J. NELSON – WR – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 80% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Cardinals were also on a bye this week, but you should not sleep on Nelson if you can stash him on your bench. He is becoming more involved in the offense, and has big play ability, which Bruce Arians loves. 

 

JALEN RICHARD – RB – RAIDERS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES

Richard is a nice complement to Latavius Murray, and this week he had eight carries for 62 yards and two receptions for 10 yards against a tough Broncos defense. Murray finally had a breakout game, but Richard still got work. The Raiders are using a community backfield with Murray, Washington and Richard, so his value would be higher if there were an injury, but he has performed better than Washington. 

 

C.J. FIEDOROWICZ – TE – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 74% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Texans were another team on the bye this week, and that caused Fiedorowicz to be dropped in leagues, but you should zig when everyone else is zagging if you are in a deep league. He is being used on over 87% of the Texans offensive snaps and has become a weapon in the redzone, with three touchdowns in his last six games.

 

ELI ROGERS – WR – STEELERS – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAGUES

Sammie Coates was non-existent in the offense this week, and that allowed Rogers to step up and make some noise. He caught six passes for 103 yards, but was held out of the endzone. Roger’s potential is much better now that Big Ben is back, but you will still have to deal with inconsistent play.

 

ADAM HUMPHRIES – WR – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 75% OF CBS LEAGUES

Humphries continues to be a solid play in the Bucs offense, and this week he hauled in five passes for 46 yards with a score. He is not going to get you 100-yard receiving games, but if you are in a deeper PPR league he is definitely worth stashing for the right matchup.

 

ADAM THIELEN – WR – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 94% OF CBS LEAGUES

Like Humphries, Thielen is becoming a bigger part of the Vikings offense, and this week he caught four passes for 68 yards. Thielen is very similar to Humphries and is also unlikely to have a 100-yard receiving game, but is worth adding in deeper PPR leagues.

 

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON – WR – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

Patterson is getting more looks in the Vikings offense, and this week he caught six passes for 45 yards. Cordarrelle was also targeted in the redzone, so it looks like the Vikings are desperate to get the ball into the hands of their best playmakers, and Patterson is one of them. He will be a frustrating player to start, but he does have the ability to take any ball to the house. Grab him now if you can stash him, because if they increase his role he will be a top waiver claim next week.

 

 

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET WITH THESE GUYS

 

BILAL POWELL – RB – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 49% OF CBS LEAGUES

Powell is still second banana to Matt Forte, and this week he carried the ball six times for 22 yards, and caught four passes for 29 yards. This is the type of game you can expect, as most of his value is as a handcuff to Forte. 

 

SETH ROBERTS – WR – RAIDERS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

Roberts can give you a nice hit every once in a while, otherwise his stats look like this week with three receptions for 32 yards on three targets. His is the third option behind Cooper and Crabtree, and has good competition behind him as well.

 

VIRGIL GREEN – TE – BRONCOS – AVAILABLE IN 90% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Broncos passing offense runs through DT and Sanders, and Green is in the mix with everyone else that gets a few chances a game to make a play. This week he was targeted four times and caught two of those for 37 yards. The Broncos offense is anemic and Green does not have a lot of upside. 

 

RISHARD MATTHEWS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 88% OF CBS LEAGUES

Matthews was the receiver that had the big game for the Titans this week, catching six passes for 63 yards with two scores. You can’t count on the scores, but the yardage is about what you can expect from Matthews on a good week. The Titans just have too many receivers that get targets to make Matthews or any of them a strong start week to week.

 

RONNIE HILLMAN – RB – VIKIINGS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hillman had seven carries for 30 yards and one reception for 32 yards with week against the Lions. The Vikings are looking for answers at running back, and even with these mediocre numbers Hillman was the best of the bunch this week. You are not going to get a ton of success from him, but he should get touches on a weekly basis going forward.

 

 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – AVOID THESE GUYS ON THE WIRE

 

NELSON AGHOLOR – WR – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 94% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Eagles lack playmakers on in their receiving corps, which may make you think of grabbing Agholor who had four receptions for 41 yards this week, but don’t. This game is about the best of what you are going to get from Nelson. Wentz is checking down a lot, and he has so many wide receiver options that none of them are really interesting other than Jordan Matthews.

 

QUINTON PATTON – WR – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Patton had a huge game this week with 106 yards on six catches. There will be many owners who go running to Patton this week, but you should not be one of them. This performance came against the Saints defense, which is atrocious. Patton still has to deal with Colin Kaepernick and his inconsistent quarterback play, and then there is the fact that Patton had only had two games prior to this one with more than 25 receiving yards, with a high game of 60 yards. Stay away from this project.

 

RICHARD RODGERS – TE – PACKERS – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

Rodgers had a nice game this week, catching six passes for 64 yards, but was held out of the endzone. Richard was able to do this against a poor Colts defense, and that was his best performance of the season. Prior to this game his high yardage output in a game was 25 yards.

 

BRYCE TREGGS – WR – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAUGES

Treggs had two receptions for 69 yards this week, but it all smoke and mirrors. Bryce is in the same situation as Agholor with too many mouths and no consistency. Look somewhere else for help this week.

 

TAYLOR GABRIEL – WR – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Gabriel has made some splash plays the last two weeks, and this week he caught five passes for 52 yards. That came against a poor Tampa Bay defense, and while he looks like he is becoming a bigger part of the Falcons offense it will all disappear when Tevin Coleman returns to the lineup.


 

 

By: Houdini

 

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