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

Kap is Back! Pick him up while you still can.

Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

Posted by Houdini on 11/27/16

by   The Archer


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

 

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

 

COLIN KAEPERNICK – QB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kaepernick is showing the moxy that made him a fantasy stud a few years ago. This week he was on point against the Dolphins, throwing for 296 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. That alone is pretty good, but he also ran the ball 10 times for 113 yards. The running game is what makes him a great grab for fantasy, and the Bears, Jets, Falcons and Rams ahead on the schedule he can be played every week from here on out.

 

DESEAN JACKSON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 41% OF CBS LEAGUES

DJax was dropped in a lot of leagues, and he made his owners pay by dropping 118 yards on four catches with a touchdown last week. Jackson is a master of the big play, and he is healthy again. If he is available in your league you better grab him now, but you can bench him next week against the Cardinals. After that he has the Eagles, Panthers and Bears.

 

TAYLOR GABRIEL – WR – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 90% OF CBS LEAGUES

Gabriel has been mostly a one trick pony, but his ability to avoid tacklers is going to get him more looks in the coming weeks. He was masterful this week with four receptions for 75 yards with two touchdowns. He gets the Chiefs, Rams, 49ers and Panthers over his next four weeks.

 

RYAN TANNEHILL – QB – DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 54% OF CBS LEAGUES

Tannehill is starting to show the improvement that many expected when Adam Gase took over the Dolphins. This week he threw for 285 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He will have a couple more spot starts you can use him for, with the Ravens, Cardinals, Jets and Bills in the next four weeks.

 

TYLER BOYD – WR – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 45% OF CBS LEAGUES

Boyd was the best receiver for the Bengals on Sunday, catching five passes for 62 yards. He should have some decent opportunities in the coming weeks with games against the Eagles, Browns, Steelers and Texans to close the fantasy season.

 

KENNETH DIXON – RB – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 37% OF CBS LEAGUES

Dixon and West both had 13 carries, and were very similar in the running game, with Dixon gaining 49 yards and West 48 yards. Dixon showed his versatility as a receiver with four receptions for 31 yards. The Ravens are in the hunt for the playoffs, and Dixon is becoming a bigger part of the offense each week. Dolphins, Patriots, Eagles and Steelers remain on his fantasy schedule.

 

COREY COLEMAN – WR – BROWNS – AVAILABLE IN 35% OF CBS LEAGUES

Coleman was held quiet for most of the game, but saved his fantasy day with a fourth quarter touchdown. He finished with three receptions for 38 yards with a score. He has big play ability and should get more looks as they try to develop him for next season. After a bye next week he will face the Bengals, Bills and Chargers to close out.

 

MARQUESS WILSON – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 99% OF CBS LEAGUES

Wilson was the favorite target for Matt Barkley and finished with eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. He could have had an even bigger day if it were not for some drops. He was the best Bears receiver at getting behind defenders, and Cameron Meredith is seeing the top corners as of now. His next four are against the 49ers, Lions, Packers and Redskins, so he is worth adding for your playoff run.

 

QUINCY ENUNWA – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 51% OF CBS LEAGUES

Enunwa showed up big this week against the Patriots, catching five passes for 109 yards with a touchdown. He now has three touchdowns in in his last five games. He has a nice playoff schedule with the Colts, 49ers, Dolphins and the Patriots again.

 

C.J. FIEDOROWICZ – TE – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 43% OF CBS LEAGUES

Fiedorowicz is still getting targeted and this week he caught four passes for 42 yards, which seems to be his floor as of late. His next four are against the Packers, Colts, Jaguars and Bengals, so his schedule looks nice to close out the fantasy season.

 

ADAM THIELEN – WR – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 79% OF CBS LEAGUES

Thielen continues to be a steady producer, and an effective play in PPR leagues. This week he was held out of the endzone, but caught eight passes for 53 yards. He has become a safety blanket for Sam Bradford, and should see a decent amount of targets the rest of the way. There are some nice matchups ahead, with games against the Cowboys, Jaguars, Colts and Packers.

 

LANCE KENDRICKS – TE – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 81% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kendricks was able to put together a nice game this week, catching four passes for 51 yards with a touchdown. Jared Goff threw three touchdowns, and looked more effective, but remember this was against a poor Saints defense, so don’t put as much stock in this week’s performance. The good news is that there are some other cupcake defenses upcoming with the Patriots, Falcons, Seahawks and 49ers in the next four weeks.

 

MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 87% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lee continues to be the second option in the passing game, and this week he caught four passes for 37 yards with a touchdown. He could be in line for more targets if Allen Hurns misses time after apparently injuring his hamstring while making a touchdown catch this week, his only catch. Lee is being utilized all over the field, but his schedule to close out will make you think twice, with the Broncos, Vikings, Texans and Titans next up.

 

ANQUAN BOLDIN – WR – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 70% OF CBS LEAGUES

Boldin had a very productive Thanksgiving, catching seven passes for 69 yards with a touchdown. He could be a nice plug and play with games against the Saints, Giants, Bears and Cowboys next on the schedule.

 

 

PLAYERS WITH UPSIDE THAT ARE WORTH STASHING

 

MALCOM MITCHELL – WR – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

Mitchell showed that his nice performance last week against the 49ers was not a fluke, but rather a sign of things to come. This week he was extremely effective with five catches for 42 yards with two touchdowns. Malcolm now has three touchdowns in his last two games. His schedule gets a bit rough in the playoffs with his next four against the Rams, Ravens, Broncos and Jets.

 

ELI ROGERS – WR – STEELERS – AVAILABLE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Rogers was held in check this week, with just two receptions for 36 yards. He still has some upside with his big play ability, and he has the Giants, Bills, Bengals and Ravens upcoming on the schedule.

 

DONTRELLE INMAN – WR – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 90% OF CBS LEAGUES

Inman had his best game of the season with six catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers are airing it out, and this week was also more of the fact that Williams drew A.J. Bouye. He will still see some looks, and Rivers likes to throw downfield. His next four are against the Bucs, Panthers, Raiders and Browns.

 

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON – WR – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAGUES

Patterson is big play waiting to happen, and it seems the Vikings are trying to get him more involved in the offense. This week he did not make a big play, but caught five passes for 15 yards, and ran once for 22 yards. If he continues to see this amount of touches, he will have a game where he goes off. His next four are against the Cowboys, Jaguars, Colts and Packers.

 

HUNTER HENRY – TE – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 56% OF CBS LEAGUES

Henry only had two receptions for 20 yards this week, but he did score a touchdown, and Antonio Gates was held without a catch. You are not going to get the high-end games with Gates also playing, but his next four are against the Bucs, Panthers, Raiders and Browns, so there will be chances for success.

 

CAMERON MEREDITH – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

Meredith did not do much on a day when Matt Barkley threw for 316 yards, catching just two passes for 19 yards. He is getting the top coverage man in the defense, and that is hurting his chances right now. His next four are against the 49ers, Lions, Packers and Redskins.

 

VANCE MCDONALD – TE – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 85% OF CBS LEAGUES

McDonald continues to show potential with Kaepernick under center, and this week he caught four passes for 60 yards. He will have a chance for more good games with the Bears, Jets, Falcons and Rams next on the schedule.

 

LADARIUS GREEN – TE – STEELERS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES

Green showed his big play ability with 67 yards on two catches this week, but he also failed to make a major impact because he is not seeing many targets, having just three this week. His next four games are against the Giants, Bills, Bengals and Ravens.

 

PAUL PERKINS – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

Perkins still has upside, but he is running out of games in which to show it. He had a nice chance this week against the Browns, but gained just 29 yards on nine carries, and added 14 yards on two receptions. He has the Steelers, Cowboys, Lions and Eagles in the next four weeks.

 

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET WITH THESE GUYS

 

KENNY STILLS – WR DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 76% OF CBS LEAGUES

Stills came through with his one big game in every four, catching three passes for 72 yards with one of them going for a nice long touchdown. Stills is not going to get a high volume of targets, but he is downfield threat the Tannehill looks to a couple times per game. His next four are against the Ravens, Cardinals, Jets and Bills, giving him a mixed bag.

 

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

Ginn is always good for at least one big breakout game, and that came this week when he caught 4 passes for 115 yards with a touchdown. He is not going to give you consistent numbers, and counting on games like this is not going to win you a playoff game. He has the Seahawks, Chargers, Redskins and Falcons next up on his schedule.

 

PIERRE GARCON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 48% OF CBS LEAGUES

Garcon had a more pedestrian game this week, catching just four passes for 43 yards. Pierre is going to give you this type of a floor, but with DeSean Jackson back in action he will not have as much of a high-end output potential. Schedule is not great with Cardinals, Eagles, Panthers and Bears upcoming.

 

 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – AVOID THESE GUYS ON THE WIRE

 

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

Draughn once again had no carries for the 49ers this week, but did catch six passes for 49 yards. He did not score a touchdown, and this was a very offensive week for the 49ers. The only good news is the schedule with games against the Bears, Jets, Falcons and Rams next on the schedule.

 

DWAYNE ALLEN – TE – COLTS – AVAILABLE IN 81% OF CBS LEAGUES

With Luck not playing this week, Allen caught five passes for 49 yards. He is not going to give you consistent production, especially since Luck prefers Doyle. In his next four games he will face the Jets, Texans, Vikings and Raiders.

 

CLIVE WALFORD – TE – RAIDERS – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

Walford will be on people’s radar because he scored a touchdown this week, but he only had three receptions for 43 yards. Those 43 yards is the second best yardage total for him on the season, with his best being 50 yards that came in Week 2. If you do go after him he has the Bills, Chiefs, Chargers and Colts over the next four weeks.

 

JERMAINE GRESHAM – TE – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 99% OF CBS LEAGUES

Gresham had five receptions for 35 yards with a touchdown this week, but you can’t count on it. The Cardinals do not use the tight end a lot in their offense, and he is not going to give you more than 40 receiving yards in a game. His next four are against the Redskins, Dolphins, Saints and Seahawks.

 

 


 

By: Houdini

 

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