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Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Starts Season on PUP


The Redskins have not released a specific injury, so we must assume that its connected to the shoulder or recurring concussions.

Fantasy Goo: I would hold off drafting any shares of Reed until the injury is confirmed. The Redskins opened training camp today, although unlikely it could be a new concussion or concussion-like symptoms, any new concussion issues will likely land Reed out of football.


07/26/17, 04:41 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Trevor Siemian

Denver Broncos

Siemian To Open Camp As Starter


Trevor Siemian will start training camp with first team. He and Paxton Lynch will rotate daily.

Fantasy Goo: While both have similar season total values, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both clearly benefit from opposite receivers. Lynch adds value to Sanders gets a boost due to the deep ball and Siemian boosts Demaryius due to short ball accuracy.


07/26/17, 02:30 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Cody Kessler

Cleveland Browns

Kessler Opens Camp as QB1


Mary Cay Cabot has reported that Cody Kessler will get the first crack as starting QB in Brown's camp per Hugh Jackson.

Fantasy Goo: Kessler has the highest upside of of the Brown's current QB's in 2017. DeShone Kizer may be the long term plan, but I like Kessler for fantasy production in 2017.


07/26/17, 11:19 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell To Holdout


Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down a 5 year extension averaging $12 million per year, and still hasn't signed his tender. Now star WR, Antonio Brown is calling out for the RB to show up and play via Instagram.

Fantasy Goo: The $12 million would make Le'Veon the highest paid RB in the and 50% higher than the current bread winner, LeSean McCoy. To me this says that Lev is going to hold out and is willing to miss regular season games (and paychecks) to receive a massive deal.


07/26/17, 11:09 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Philadelphia Eagles

Matthews Knee Tendinitis Could Be Serious


Jordan Matthews has had a knee issue for the past month, so there is a chance it is more serious than tendinitis. This is a big story to keep track of through the Eagles training camp which kicks off today.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews is in elite company as one of only 5 WRs to open their career with 3 consecutive season with 65+ catches and 800+ yards. Joining Randy Moss, Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Green and Mike Evans. If this issue persists or worsens, that success probably wont be sustained through a fourth season.


07/26/17, 10:27 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Ty Works With The Footwork King


Ty has reportedly been working out with Rischad Whitfield out of Houston to improve his footwork. Whitfield has been credited for working with both Melvin Gordon and Le'Veon Bell prior to their respective breakout sophomore seasons.

Fantasy Goo: This is not a guaranteed success as he also has worked with the likes of Jaelen Strong and Josh Huff so take this news with a grain of salt. However, Ty could see a vast improvement with improved footwork he could hit more holes, and have the confidence to be patient and let blocking develop.


07/26/17, 10:19 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Theo Riddick

Detroit Lions

Riddick Reportedly In Line for RZ Work


Tim Twentyman of the Detroit Lions homepage expects Cooter to utilize Riddick in the Red Zone more in 2017.

Fantasy Goo: Riddick converted all 3 of his RZ targets into scores. But this report contradict's Warren Sharps analysis that shows rushing in the RZ has a 58% success rate vs 43% for passing. I'm calling this news fluff and still expect big things from Abdullah.


07/26/17, 10:07 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Throw More Coal Into The Jay-Train


Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins All-Pro caliber center, should be back and healthy for camp.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi averaged 18.8 fantasy points with Pouncey on the field compared to 9.0 without his star center. Expect Ajayi to have a sharp increase in price due to this news.


07/26/17, 09:51 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Kenneth Dixon

Baltimore Ravens

UPDATE: Dixon Out For Season


Dixon's surgery today was a repair of the meniscus rather than a trimming. This is the better surgery for long term use, but Dixon will not play in 2017.

Fantasy Goo: Terrance West steps in line for a large workload, but the 2016 number one pass offense in terms of volume will see a high dosage of Woodhead and potentiall Buck Allen out of the backfield.


07/25/17, 05:30 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Vance McDonald

San Francisco 49ers

Niners Cutting McDonald?


“One of the final moves of the previous regime was to sign off on a contract extension for McDonald, who was guaranteed $9.1 million with his new deal in December. Now, McDonald is not assured a roster spot as he and the other holdovers face stiff competition from the newcomers who were hand-picked for the scheme.”
If SF cut’s McDonald they still have to pay him his 9 million guaranteed money and take a 3.5mil cap hit this year.

Fantasy Goo: McDonald was one of my early season deep sleepers, but rumors of SF wanting him out have caused me to back off. His draft price has dropped like a rock and now I’m thinking that these beat reporters are out of their mind. I’m going back to targeting McDonald in the 18th round or later. He could have a huge year in the Shanahan offense.


07/25/17, 12:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.csnbayarea.com


Kenneth Dixon

Baltimore Ravens

Dixon Under the Knife


“The Ravens' need for another back intensified this week when the team learned that Dixon tweaked his knee while working out before training camp. Dixon, a second-year back, is believed to have a torn meniscus in his knee, according to sources. He'll have surgery today and the team will know more about the severity of the injury. This is Dixon's third knee injury since the Ravens took him in the fourth round of last year's draft.”

Fantasy Goo: This could set-up very well for Terrance West, but as someone who watched him in college, he’s not going to earn much more than what is blocked for him. If Woodhead is able to get back to full capacity we could also see a big year from him, especially in PPR. Either way this backfield is still looking like a committee that shouldn’t be considered until after the sixth/seventh round of your draft.


07/25/17, 09:37 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks

Lynch Not a Bell-Cow


“The depth at running back means he won’t have to shoulder a huge load. Something in the range of the 195 carries Latavius Murray had last year should suffice, perhaps less if both Washington and Richard see an increase.”

Fantasy Goo: If Lynch is at full-strength he won’t need to be a bell-cow to out preform Murray’s performance from last year. Murray finished as the RB13 (std scoring) in 2016, despite being fairly inefficient behind a top-5 O-line. I expect Lynch will be there to take Murray’s vacated red-zone carries, but expect to see DeAndre Washington take a larger role in this backfield, especially when we get to the second half of the season, and your fantasy playoffs.


07/25/17, 07:36 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.mercurynews.com


Paul Perkins

New York Giants

Perkins Not Ideal For 0-RB


Many fantasy analysts are valuing Perkins very high due to reports that he could be a 3 down back for the Giants.

Fantasy Goo: The Giants have produced only 11 rushing TDs over the past two years. They have failed to have a 1,000 yard rusher since 2012 nor have they produced a PPR RB over RB20 since 2011. Perkins who lost college rushes to a Linebacker has limited upside in the Giants offense.


07/24/17, 11:47 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Buffalo Bills

Watkins All The Way Back?


"After the season finale in New York, he said he hoped to avoid surgery, but days later elected to have the procedure done. His rehab appears to be on schedule, as he was able to participate in a few team drills before the Bills wrapped up their spring practices. With six weeks between mandatory minicamp and start of training camp, Watkins should be close to 100 percent when camp starts Thursday."

Fantasy Goo: Watkins has WR1 upside when he is healthy and he is currently being drafted in the third round. Others that have gone through this procedure and have come back to full upside include; Julian Edelman, Dez Bryant, and Julio Jones.


07/23/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: buffalonews.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Lacy Loses Weight, Gains Primary Role


“Lacy is the favorite to start over Thomas Rawls, who will still have a role. At a minimum, C.J. Prosise will be the third-down back and a big factor in the passing game.”

Fantasy Goo: In the five games he started last year, Lacy averaged over five yards a carry, all of Rawls value stems from four random, good games he had against weak defenses in 2015. Lacy’s biggest competition is going to come from Prosise. Prosise is a converted from receiver in college and at 6’, 220lbs, has the size-speed combo to take over as the primary back.


07/23/17, 06:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Kelley

Washington Redskins

Fat Rob Gets the Nod


Rob Kelley is slated to be the starting RB in Washington, however Perine will still have the opportunity to play a big role in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Though Perine may be the higher scoring back in 2017, getting a couple early games from Kelley could be very valuable given his low draft cost.


07/23/17, 01:37 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: rotoworld.com


Duke Johnson

Cleveland Browns

Duke Johnson In The Slot


As reported by Mary Cay Cabot, Duke Johnson is likely to take over slot WR work from Andrew Hawkins who is now a Patriot. This depends on Josh Gordon's status if he is granted reinstatement in September.

Fantasy Goo: Until we get news on Gordon, Duke Johnson should be in line to see about 50 additional targets in 3 WR sets. This number will likely be allocating among Johnson, Njoku and DeValve.


07/23/17, 01:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

Last Hurrah for Palmer?


"Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." After finding the right work-out regimen Palmer was the number 8 QB over the last eight weeks of the season. David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

Fantasy Goo: Palmer could be the reason why late-round QB works this year, with an ADP around QB20 Carson has real bounce back potential and is practically free. The stat to watch to indicate 2017 success will be decreasing his league high 137 hits from 2016.


07/22/17, 01:43 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nfl.com


Zach Miller

Chicago Bears

Bears Overload at TE


Miller's contract has one year remaining with a base salary of $1.5 million and the issue the Bears have to tackle is if they can take a chance knowing Miller's durability issues. He has played in 25 games and missed 23 since joining the team in 2014. The only free agent that received more guaranteed money than quarterback Mike Glennon was Dion Sims, who signed an $18 million, three-year contract with $10 million guaranteed, ensuring he will be a big part of Dowell Loggains' offense.

Fantasy Goo: The Bears are five deep at TE right now after drafting Adam Shaheen, acquiring Daniel Brown from Baltimore, and signing UDFA Ben Braunecker. Miller seems like the odd man out here and that’s why he is no longer a late-round flyer in deep leagues. I’ve switched gears to Dion Sims simply because of his athleticism and the Bears investment in him as an every-down TE.


07/22/17, 01:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.chicagotribune.com


Anquan Boldin

Detroit Lions

Boldin Trying Buffalo


Boldin will be working out for the Bills on Monday (7/24) “Boldin, 36, led the Lions with 22 red zone targets last season. He had 67 catches and a career-high eight touchdowns, though he averaged a career-worst 8.7 yards per grab (584 yards in total).” The Bills are looking pretty shallow at WR at this point, they’ll probably be looking to have a few other guys in as well.

Fantasy Goo: This could cut into any upside we were hoping for from Zay Jones, although you could argue that they are much different types of receivers that just happen to both work out of the slot. Boldin will certainly vulture some TD’s from the wide receivers, but it absolutely crushes any chance of Charles Clay having any value and probably snakes away a little of Johnathan Williams receiving potential.


07/22/17, 12:17 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Tyler Boyd now in the spotlight

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

Posted by Houdini on 11/20/16

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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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