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

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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