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

Malcom Mitchell new toy for Brady

Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

Posted by Houdini on 12/04/16

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

 

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

 

MALCOM MITCHELL – WR – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 62% OF CBS LEAGUES

Malcolm Mitchell is proving to be a favorite target for Tom Brady, and this week he caught a team-high, and season high, eight passes for 82 yards. His role in the offense will only increase with the loss of Rob Gronkowski. While he was held out of the endzone this week, he has been a good target in the redzone with three touchdowns in his previous two games.  Playoff Schedule: Baltimore, @Denver, New York Jets.

 

LADARIUS GREEN – TE – STEELERS – AVAILABLE IN 79% OF CBS LEAGUES

Green had his coming out party this week, catching six passes for 110 yards with a touchdown. The Steelers are looking for playmakers outside of Antonio Brown, and Green has the capability to put up big numbers in this offense. Consistency has always been the issue for Green. Playoff Schedule: @Buffalo, @Cincinnati, Baltimore.

 

ALFRED MORRIS – RB – COWBOYS – AVAILABLE IN 63% OF CBS LEAGUES

Morris did nothing special this week, with just one carry for 11 yards, but he could be valuable in the fantasy playoffs. The Cowboys clinched a playoff spot this week, and could have home field locked up in short order. If that happens the Boys could bench Zeke to keep him healthy for the playoffs, and that could mean Morris is the main man in the most crucial week of the fantasy season. If you own Zeke you better grab Morris now. Playoff Schedule: @New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Detroit.

 

DESEAN JACKSON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 32% OF CBS LEAGUES

Jackson had a pretty quiet day this week with just one catch, but it went for 59 yards. The big part of his poor performance is due to being covered by Patrick Peterson. He has a much better schedule for his fantasy playoffs, and he is healthy. Playoff Schedule: @Philadelphia, Carolina, @Chicago.

 

PIERRE GARCON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 53% OF CBS LEAGUES

Garcon once again had a nice game with eight catches for 84 yards, but was held out of the endzone. Pierre now has at least 80 receiving yards in three of his last four games, and is has become a safety blanket for Kirk Cousins. Playoff Schedule: @Philadelphia, Carolina, @Chicago.

 

RYAN TANNEHILL – QB – DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 56% OF CBS LEAGUES

Tannehill had a very lackluster performance this week, with just 226 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. If you grab him this week plan on waiting to start him in Week 15, as he faces the Cardinals next week. Playoff Schedule: Arizona, @New York Jets, @Buffalo.

 

TYLER BOYD – WR – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 52% OF CBS LEAGUES

Boyd did not have a monster game, but he did catch four passes for 66 yards. He now has at least four catches and more than 50 yards in each of his last three games. His floor is nice, but his season high game in yardage was only 79 yards. Playoff Schedule: @Cleveland, Pittsburgh, @Houston.

 

C.J. FIEDOROWICZ – TE – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 39% OF CBS LEAGUES

Fiedeorowicz was held mostly in check this week, catching six passes for 44 yards without a touchdown. C.J. has at least 40 receiving yards in four of his last five games. He has a nice playoff schedule where he should be able to do more damage. Playoff Schedule: @Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Cincinnati.

 

ADAM THIELEN – WR – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 81% OF CBS LEAGUES

Thielen has been getting more looks in the offense of late, and this week he caught seven passes for 86 yards. He now has 15 catches in his last two games and has seen 20 targets. He has a very favorable upcoming schedule and is worth adding for the playoff run. Playoff Schedule: @Jacksonville, Indianapolis, @Green Bay.

 

ANQUAN BOLDIN – WR – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 57% OF CBS LEAGUES

Boldin only caught four passes for 40 yards this week, but he did see targets in the redzone. Anquan currently has six touchdowns on the season, and will have some chances to score in the playoffs. Playoff Schedule: Chicago, @New York Giants, @Dallas.

 

 

PLAYERS WITH UPSIDE THAT ARE WORTH STASHING

 

DONTRELLE INMAN – WR – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 71% OF CBS LEAGUES

Coming off his best performance of the year Inman only caught two passes for 49 yards this week, but one of them went 35 yards for a touchdown. The Chargers are spreading the ball around in the offense, so you never know who is going to be the major benefactor, but Inman has worked himself into a larger slice of that pie. Playoff Schedule: @Carolina, Oakland, @Cleveland.

 

TRAVARIS CADET – RB – SAINTS – AVAILABLE IN97% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ingram left this week with a toe injury and Cadet stepped in with five receptions for 53 yards. He is going to see most of his work as a receiver, and is best suited for PPR leagues. Playoff Schedule: @Tampa Bay, @Arizona, Tampa Bay.

 

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

Patterson is the prime example of boom or bust, and this week was a bust with 16 total yards on four touches in the offense. The good news is that the Vikings are trying to find ways to get the ball in his hands, but it is going to be hit or miss. Playoff Schedule: @Jacksonville, Indianapolis, @Green Bay.

 

REX BURKHEAD – RB – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 88% OF CBS LEAGUES

Burkhead is getting a fair amount of touches on a weekly basis as the backup to Jeremy Hill. This week he had eight carries for 38 yards and caught four passes for 28 yards. He is not going to wow you, but Hill has not been very impressive, except inside the five-yard line, and could see an increase in touches if Hill struggles again in the coming weeks. Playoff Schedule: @Cleveland, Pittsburgh, @Houston.

 

DENARD ROBINSON – RB – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 97% OF CBS LEAGUES

Robinson is in a legitmate committee backfield with T.J. Yeldon. This week Robinson got 17 carries for 53 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards. He has the ability to breakout bigger runs, and if he keeps getting this many touches he will have a chance for a decent game in the fantasy playoffs, but it is not an easy schedule. Playoff Schedule: Minnesota, @Houston, Tennessee.

 

PAUL TURNER – WR – EAGLES – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

The Eagles are looking for someone to make a difference at receiver, and DGB got dinged up this week on top of Jordan Matthews missing the game this week. That opened the door for rookie Paul Turner, and he did a real nice job catching six passes for 80 yards. The Eagles are out of the playoffs now and Turner could get more work if the team wants to see what they have in the rookie. Playoff Schedule: Washington, @Baltimore, New York Giants.

 

CAMERON MEREDITH – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 65% OF CBS LEAGUES

Meredith was not the most productive Bears receiver this week, catching three passes for 67 yards. The reason to be positive on Cameron is that drops once again plagued the Bears, and there may be a receiver or two that is not going to continue to get their target share and Meredith should be the major benefactor. Playoff schedule: @Detroit, Green Bay, Washington.

 

JAQUIZZ RODGERS – RB – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 59% OF CBS LEAGUES

Quizz is back and is the second back in the Bucs offense. This week he had seven carries for 29 yards and one catch for 21 yards. If Martin continues to struggle Rodgers could see an uptick. Playoff Schedule: New Orleans, @Dallas, @New Orleans.

 

JERMAINE GRESHAM – TE – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

Jermaine has become a bigger part of the offense since Week 8, and this week was his best performance in terms of yardage with 52 yards on five catches. Gresham was held out of the endzone this week, but he had a touchdown in each of his previous two games. Playoff Schedule: @Miami, New Orleans, @Seattle.

 

 

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET WITH THESE GUYS

 

DENNIS PITTA – TE – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 63% OF CBS LEAGUES

Pitta had a breakout game this week with nine catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Pitta found the endzone for the first time since December 8th, 2013. This was also the first time since Week 5 that he finished with more than 50 receiving yards, so don’t get too enamored with the performance this week. Playoff Schedule: @New England, Philadelphia, @Pittsburgh.

 

 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – AVOID THESE GUYS ON THE WIRE

 

BRANDON LAFELL – WR – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 71% OF CBS LEAGUES

LaFell was the big winner at receiver for the Bengals this week, catching five passes for 95 yards with a touchdown. He has battled Tyler Boyd for targets, and after losing the battle the last four weeks this one was his. He is a hard player for me to trust as he throws out a lot of duds. Playoff Schedule: @Cleveland, Pittsburgh, @Houston.

 

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

Perriman is a big play receiver, and this week he made it count with two catches for 59 yards, with a 53-yard touchdown catch. It will be hit or miss and he is not going to give you the monster game that would make him worth grabbing for your roster. Playoff Schedule: @New England, Philadelphia, @Pittsburgh.

 

JOSH BELLAMY – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAGUES

Bellamy had the best stat line for the Bears this week with 93 yards on four catches, but that does not tell the whole story. Bellamy dropped many open passes and could have had a huge game. Those drops could cost him, especially after costing them a chance at a win the week before. Don’t buy in on Bellamy as I won’t be surprised if he gets cut after those drops. Playoff Schedule: @Detroit, Green Bay, Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

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