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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

Source: pyromaniac.com


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

Source: pyromaniac.com


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

Source: pyromaniac.com


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

Tyler Boyd now in the spotlight

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

Posted by Houdini on 11/20/16

by   The Archer


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

 

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

 

TYLER BOYD – WR – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

The unthinkable has happened and A.J. Green is going to miss the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. Rookie Tyler Boyd is going to be asked to take a bigger role, and this week he did his job catching six passes for 54 yards with a score. Brandon LaFell has proven his is not a game breaker, so you can count on Boyd’s role being the one to take the major leap in value. His next three are against Baltimore, Philly and Cleveland.

 

KENNETH DIXON – RB – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 36% OF CBS LEAGUES

Dixon only had six carries this week, but he made good use of them gaining 40 yards. He did not make a reception this week, and Terrance West noticeably was energized as he scored a touchdown. Dixon is still going to see at least this amount of touches, but it will continue to grow if he keeps performing. 

 

TYREEK HILL – WR – CHIEFS – AVAILABLE IN 32% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hill had a much more subdued outing this week, catching four passes for 53 yards and carrying once for eight yards. With Maclin out he is the clear number one, and he could be even more successful if Maclin returns giving him better matchups. He gets Denver next week, but then has nice matchups with the Falcons and Raiders.

 

COREY COLEMAN – WR – BROWNS – AVAILABLE IN 31% OF CBS LEAGUES

Coleman only had four receptions for 39 yards, but he was targeted a few times deep down field. His value will increase if Josh McCown is under center next week, after Cody Kessler left this week’s game. Coleman did most of his damage with McCown, and his upcoming schedule has the Giants, Bengals and Bills.

 

GARY BARNIDGE – TE – BROWNS – AVAILABLE IN 39% OF CBS LEAGUES

The value for Barnidge is dependent on Josh McCown being under center. McCown came in late after a Cody Kessler injury and Gary caught two passes for 23 yards with one of them going for a touchdown. If Kessler starts then Barnidge is not a recommended play.

 

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

Thielen was able to take advantage of more chances with Patrick Peterson shadowing Stefon Diggs, and that turned into five receptions for 65 yards with a touchdown. Adam has become a trusted target for Bradford, and is a poor mans Cole Beasley. The Lions, Cowboys and Jaguars are next on the schedule.

 

WENDALL SMALLWOOD – RB – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

Darren Sproles left this week’s game and Smallwood had 13 carries for 48 yards and caught four passes for 31 yards. It is not clear how long Sproles will be out, but Smallwood had six more carries than Ryan Mathews. Smallwood is a player the Eagles are high on, and they are not satisfied with Mathews. 

 

PIERRE GARCON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 59% OF CBS LEAGUES

DeSean Jackson was back on the field, but that did not phase Pierre one bit. Garcon finished with a monster 116 yards on six catches, highlighted by a 70-yard catch and run for a score. This may have been his best chance to give you a lot of fantasy points with the Cowboys, Cardinals, Eagles and Panthers lying in wait the next four weeks.  

 

LANCE KENDRICKS – TE – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 79% OF CBS LEAGUES

Jared Goff was under center and Kendricks caught four passes for 38 yards. His upside is not as high with Goff unless the rookie grows up fast. Sell now if you own him.


ZACH ERTZ – TE – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 47% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ertz only had 35 yards on six catches in this game, but he found the endzone. He is starting to see more targets consistently, and in this check-down offense he will see even more going forward. He has the Bengals, Redskins and Ravens coming up on the schedule.

 

MIKE GILLISLEE – RB – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was Gillislee who led the Bills rushing attack in carries with 14 of them this week, and he gained 72 yards. If anything happens to McCoy, Gillislee is the clear lead back, and that alone makes him worth a stash, but when he gets touches like this you should add him if you need a running back. The Jaguars, Raiders and Steelers are next up.

 

MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 90% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lee has become the second man behind Allen Robinson, and Allen Hurns has become a memory this season. Lee caught four passes for 52 yards and hauled in his first touchdown of the year. It was a beautiful catch as he toe tapped his way for the score. It is a tough upcoming schedule with the Bills, Broncos and Vikings up next.

 

 

PLAYERS WITH UPSIDE THAT ARE WORTH STASHING

 

 

COLIN KAEPERNICK – QB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 70% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kaepernick threw for 206 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 32 yards on four carries. Kap is giving a decent floor right now, and can added in deeper leagues. 

 

ADAM HUMPHRIES – WR – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 67% OF CBS LEAGUES

Humphries continues to work quietly in Mike Evans Shadow, and this week he caught four passes for 47 yards. His next three are against Seattle, San Diego and New Orleans. He could see a lot of underneath work next week if Sherman follows Evans.  

 

BRANDON LAFELL – WR – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 80% OF CBS LEAGUES

LaFell has yet to impress in Cincy, and this week he caught four passes for 32 yards. The only reason he has any upside is that A.J. Green was lost for the season with a hamstring injury. LaFell will see an uptick, but Tyler Boyd is the receiver to own here.

 

ELI ROGERS – WR – STEELERS – AVAILABLE IN 60% OF CBS LEAGUES

Rogers was held silent this week with only 20 yards on four receptions. The Steelers are still a high-powered offense, and Rogers has earned a bigger role. There will be better chances ahead with the Colts, Giants and Bills next on the schedule.

 

TAJAE SHARPE – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 86% OF CBS LEAGUES

Sharpe is getting back into the groove he showed early in the season, and this week caught four passes for 68 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown. The Titans are opening up the offense, and that is good news for Sharpe who is trying to keep targets from being with Kendall Wright. Could be tough after next week, with the Bears, Broncos and Chiefs next on the schedule.   

 

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON – WR – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 94% OF CBS LEAGUES

Patterson is a big play guy, and tough to bring down in the open field. He had four receptions for 53 yards this week, and also took a kick return 104 yards for a touchdown. He is a becoming a bigger part of the passing attack, and worth adding in deeper leagues, and bonus leagues for long touchdowns.

 

CAMERON MEREDITH – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 47% OF CBS LEAGUES

Meredith did not catch a prayer hail-mary this week, but he did grab four passes for 49 yards. The targets could increase going forward as the Bears lost Zach Miller with a broken foot, so with no Jeffery and Miller, Meredith should become the defacto #1. 

 

JARED COOK – TE – PACKERS – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAGUES

Cook finally showed the flash that owners had been expecting all season long, catching 6 passes for 105 yards with a touchdown. Then as the game was hanging in the balance the old Jared reared his head with a costly fumble. The Packers defense is horrible and that means that Cook will have plenty of chances as they have to keep scoring. There is too much upside to bail on this, but Cook has done this in his career with a flash and then a flare out.

 

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

McDonald continues to score fantasy points. This week he caught three passes for 46 yards with a touchdown. He is Kap’s safety blanket and is scoring in the redzone.

 

PAUL PERKINS – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 46% OF CBS LEAGUES

Rashad Jennings has taken the majority of snaps and done a good job, which has stunted the growth of Perkins. Paul had four carries for 16 yards and two receptions for 19 yards this week. He is still worth stashing if you have a deep enough bench.

 

 

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET WITH THESE GUYS

 

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

Stills only had four catches for 33 yards, and most of that came over the final two drives. He needs the big play to make a difference, and those are starting to go towards DeVante Parker with more regularity.

 

TED GINN – WR – PANTHERS – AVAILABLE IN 94% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ginn has the occasional boom and this week it was a quarter-boom. He caught three passes for 46 yards with a touchdown. He is not going to get enough targets to make a major difference, unless he hits the big downfield pass. He has the Raiders, Seahawks and Chargers next up on the schedule.

 

KENDALL WRIGHT – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 57% OF CBS LEAGUES

Wright looked like he was going to take a bigger role in the offense, but he is now mired in a timeshare with Tajae Sharpe, and Sharpe is performing better. Wright had four receptions for 52 yards, and it won’t get much better for your fantasy playoffs with his next three against the Bears, Broncos and Chiefs. Next week is his only good matchup, but it is on the road.

 

ANQUAN BOLDIN – WR – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 69% OF CBS LEAGUES

Slow and steady wins the race in some cases, but usually not the case in fantasy. Boldin has become slow and steady. This week he caught six passes for 37 yards.

 

ROBERT WOODS – WR – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 67% OF CBS LEAGUES

Once again nothing spectacular, but he gives you a few points. He had three receptions for 41 yards this week. Not enough here to get you excited.

 

CECIL SHORTS – WR – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

This was a very good week for Shorts with five receptions for 62 yards. He is just not going to get enough on a weekly basis, and with Evans in the mix he will never have a monster game.

 

 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – AVOID THESE GUYS ON THE WIRE

 

ALBERT WILSON – WR – CHIEFS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Wilson had a touchdown this week, but he also only caught four passes for 19 yards. He is not going to give you what you need for your fantasy playoffs.

 

SHAUN DRAUGHN – RB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAGUES

Draughn had a good game this week with three receptions for 43 yards with a touchdown. He had no carries, and you can’t count on the touchdowns.

 

 

 

 

 

By: Houdini

 

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