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

Langford in for larger role

Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

Posted by Houdini on 11/13/16

by   The Archer


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

 

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

 

KENNY BRITT – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 32% OF CBS LEAGUES

I am sure all you Pyros already grabbed him, but he is the man at receiver for the Rams. This week he caught seven passes for 109 yards. Get him if he is available.

 

JEREMY LANGFORD – RB – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 58% OF CBS LEAGUES

The stats were not great this week: two carries for 16 yards and four receptions for 10 yards. What makes Langford a must grab this week is that Jordan Howard left the game with an ankle/Achilles injury. We do not know the extent of the injury, but with the season lost and Howard being their best asset for next season you can expect the Bears to be careful before rushing him back. Langford and Carey will be a committee backfield in his absence.

 

KA’DEEM CAREY – RB – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUE

If you miss on Langford grab Carey. He is a hard-nosed runner and also can be effective as a receiver. He will be in a committee backfield with Langford if Howard misses time.

 

RISHARD MATTHEWS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 53% OF CBS LEAGUES

Matthews continues to impress, and this week he caught three passes for 63 yards with a touchdown. That is now three straight games with a touchdown, and five of six with six total touchdowns. He is going to be high priority for many owners.

 

KENNETH DIXON – RB – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Dixon was much more effective than Terrance West this week, carrying the ball six times for 38 yards and catching five passes for 42 yards. The transition is happening in this backfield and you can expect Dixon to continue to get more opportunities in their backfield.

 

DEVANTE PARKER – WR – DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 37% OF CBS LEAGUES

Parker showed his ability to make plays downfield, and this week finished with five receptions for 103 yards. Those numbers could have been even better had two of his big plays had not been called back by penalty. The Dolphins offense is starting to click, and with the threat of the running game Parker has been more effective with play-action passes.

 

TYREEK HILL – WR – CHIEFS – AVAILABLE IN 76% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hill has emerged as the go to target without Jeremy Maclin in the lineup, and he caught an impressive 10 passes for 89 yards and had one rush attempt for 12 yards. The Chiefs do not have a dynamic passing attack, but if Hill continues to be targeted like this he will be a poor mans Stefon Diggs, and that’s not bad grabbing off the wire for Week 11.

 

PIERRE GARCON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 76% OF CBS LEAGUES

Garcon is a player that becomes valuable with DeSean Jackson not playing. This week he caught six passes for 81 yards, but was held out of the endzone. If Jackson misses more time then Garcon is a nice plug and play. 

 

ZACH ERTZ – TE – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 41% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ertz is becoming a comfort target for Carson Wentz, and this week he caught six passes for 55 yards. The Eagles are not lighting it up with the passing attack, so you can expect targets, but not a ton of yards. Ertz does still have redzone target potential if the Eagles ever stop running the ball when near the goal line.

 

ERIC EBRON – TE – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 45% 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.

 

 

PLAYERS WITH UPSIDE THAT ARE WORTH STASHING

 

COLIN KAEPERNICK – QB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 76% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kap has picked his game up as of late, and this week he made a statement against a tough Cardinals defense. He only threw for 210 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions, but he showed his value with his legs, running 10 times for 55 yards with a score. You are not going to get the 300-yard passing games, but you should get good production from him as a runner.

 

ADAM HUMPHRIES – WR – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Humphries continues to be a safety blanket for Jameis Winston, and this week he caught five passes for 46 yards. He is not giving you any major breakout games, but he has shown a decent floor, which makes him worth grabbing. That floor with his potential for an occasional touchdown makes him a nice plug and play if you need it.

 

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

Lee continues to be the secondary option in the Jags passing attack, and this week he caught four passes for 50 yards. Like Humphries he has a decent floor, and If he scores a touchdown then that floor gives you a good week.

 

DEVIN FUNCHESS – WR – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 89% OF CBS LEAGUES

Funchess had three receptions for 56 yards with a touchdown this week. He is starting to get more involved in the Panthers passing game, and with his size and speed has the potential to be a bigger play receiver than he has shown. He is worth stashing if he figures it out.

 

ELI ROGERS – WR – STEELERS – AVAILABLE IN 77% OF CBS LEAGUES

Rogers stayed active in the Steelers offense with four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. Most of his production came early in the matchup, but he has found a place in this offense. There is big play potential, so he is worth stashing for upcoming games against the Browns, Colts and Giants.

 

ADAM THIELEN – WR – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

In the mold of Humphries and Lee comes another one in Thielen. Adam is a safety blanket for Sam Bradford and this week caught three passes for 21 yards with a touchdown. His floor is not as high as those other players, but if miss out you could do worse than Thielen.

 

HUNTER HENRY – TE – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 49% OF CBS LEAGUES

Henry has taken a backseat with the re-emergence of Antonio Gates, but he will still have value down the stretch. This week he only caught two passes for 11 yards, but he did find the endzone.

 

TAJAE SHARPE – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 88% OF CBS LEAGUES

Sharpe has been disappointing after a hot start, but he came back to life this week with three catches for 68 yards with a touchdown. You are going to get up and down weeks with Sharpe, but with games against the Colts and Bears next on the schedule he could be able to capitalize on this momentum. 

 

BRESHAD PERRIMAN – WR – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAGUES

The second year receiver with great speed has seen his career get off to a slow start due to injuries. He is finally looking more comfortable in the Ravens offense, and last week he caught three passes for 64 yards with a touchdown. He has upside with his speed and the lack of receivers in Baltimore, so if you have a deep bench you can take on shot on Perriman.

 

VANCE MCDONALD – TE – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

Vance continues to be an under the radar tight end that is putting up more consistent games of late. This week he caught four passes for 50 yards, but was held out of the endzone. The 49ers don’t have dynamic receivers that allow McDonald to get a good amount of targets, and he has become a safety blanket for Kaepernick.

 

JALEN RICHARD – RB – RAIDERS – AVAILABLE IN 84% 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.

 

 

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET WITH THESE GUYS

 

KENNY STILLS – WR DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 75% OF CBS LEAGUES

Stills will give you an occasional big play downfield and the occasional score. He did both this week, catching two passes for 47 yards with a score. There is not a lot of consistent substance here.


SETH ROBERTS – WR – RAIDERS – AVAILABLE IN 96% 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.

 

QUINTON PATTON – WR – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 99% OF CBS LEAGUES

Patton is a big play receiver who has an inconsistent quarterback throwing him the ball. This week he caught three passes for 52 yards. This is a performance on the good end of the spectrum for Patton.

 

 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – AVOID THESE GUYS ON THE WIRE

 

TAYLOR GABRIEL – WR – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAGUES

Gabriel scored big points this week, but it was one catch for a 76-yard touchdown. He is hit or miss with more misses in your future. Tevin Coleman should be back next week, and that will mean less chances for Gabriel as Coleman will eat up targets as a receiver.

 

ROBBY ANDERSON – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Anderson had three receptions for 69 yards this week, and has earned the role as the third receiver for the Jets. The problem is that he is the third receiver for the Jets. This is not a passing attack that I want the third receiver in.

 

VERNON DAVIS – TE – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 89% OF CBS LEAGUES

Davis had three receptions for 66 yards with a touchdown this week. That is not going to happen with any consistency as long as he shares a field with Jordan Reed. Let someone else take the bait on Davis.

 

JORDAN TAYLOR – WR – BRONCOS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Taylor had a nice touchdown grab this week but only caught two passes for 32 yards. The Broncos passing attack is not good enough to make Taylor viable.

 

 

 

By: Houdini

 

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