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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes


Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.


09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

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Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble


Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.


09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

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D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job


The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.


09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

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Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"


Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.


09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In


Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay


A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears


Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.


09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.


09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.


09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.


09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.


09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2


With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.


09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons


Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.


09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC


“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.


09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again


Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.


09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week


Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper


Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion


Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.


09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats


Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.


09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...


Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.


09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Lance Kendricks becoming a target monster

Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

Posted by Houdini on 11/06/16

by   The Archer


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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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