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

Lockett up in Week 16 for the waiver wire and fantasy football

Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

Posted by Houdini on 12/18/16

by   The Archer


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

 

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

 

TYLER LOCKETT – WR – SEAHAWKS – AVAILABLE IN 70% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lockett had a boom game this week, catching seven passes for 130 yards, highlighted by a 57-yard touchdown catch. He is available in leagues, and Patrick Peterson will likely cover Doug Baldwin, so Lockett could have another big game. Championship Game: vs. Ari

 

TY MONTGOMERY – RB/WR – PACKERS – AVAILABLE IN 31% OF CBS LEAGUES

Montgomery showed this week against the Bears that he is a running back, as he churned through their defense for 162 yards with two touchdowns on 16 carries. Next week it will be a little tougher against the Vikings, but Minnesota looked like that packed it in for the season at home versus the Colts. Championship Game: vs. Min

 

DION LEWIS – RB – PATRIOTS – AVAILABLE IN 33% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lewis actually led the Patriots in rushing attempts this week, carrying the ball 18 times for 95 yards, and catching two passes for nine yards. He should see more activity as a receiver next week as the Patriots host the Jets. Championship Game: vs. NYJ

 

DERRICK HENRY – RB – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 38% OF CBS LEAGUES

Henry was the redzone wrecking ball this week. He carried the ball nine times for 58 yards with two touchdowns. The Titans are leaning on the running game, and Henry has become a big redzone threat. Championship Game: @Jac

 

DONTRELLE INMAN – WR – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 48% OF CBS LEAGUES

Inman was the leading receiver for the Chargers this week, catching five balls for 68 yards. He has become a favorite target of Philip Rivers, and he has a nice matchup next week against the pitiful Browns. Championship Game: @Cle

 

PIERRE GARCON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

Championship Game: @Chi

 

CAMERON MEREDITH – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 68% OF CBS LEAGUES

Meredith did not do well acting as the #1 while Alshon Jeffery was suspended, but he has been much better since his return. This week he caught nine passes for 104 yards in the freezing cold against the Packers. The Bears are throwing the ball a lot, and that means a lot of chances for Meredith. He should remain a strong candidate next week as Jeffery is likely to be shadowed by Josh Norman. Championship Game: vs. Was

 

CHARLES SIMS – RB – BUCCANEERS – AVAILABLE IN 62% OF CBS LEAGUES

Championship Game: @NO

 

CHARLES CLAY – TE – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 82% OF CBS LEAGUES

Clay showed that last week was no fluke as he caught seven passes for 72 yards with another touchdown this week. He performs much better with Sammy Watkins in the lineup, and this week should have extra mustard on it, as he faces his former team, the Dolphins. Championship Game: vs. Mia

 

RYAN GRIFFIN – TE – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 95% OF CBS LEAGUES

If C.J. Fiedorowicz does not pass concussion protocols this week, you have to consider adding Griffin if you need a tight end. He caught eight passes for 85 yards, and if Tom Savage starts he will likely look his way a lot against the Bengals. Championship Game: vs. Cin

 

KENNETH FARROW – RB – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 41% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was a rough week for Farrow, as he carried the ball 15 times for 39 yards, and caught two passes for 14 yards, but he also fumbled twice, losing one of them. It does get better next week against the Browns, so have a short memory here. Championship Game: @Cle

 

MATT BARKLEY – QB – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAGUES

Barkley is quieting putting up nice numbers with the Bears, and this week threw for 362 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in the freezing cold. He had two receivers go for more than 100 yards this week, and neither one was named Alshon Jeffery. He will be at home again next week, and the weather will be better, but you can bet he will attempt close to 40 passes again next week. Championship Game: vs. Was

 

QUINCY ENUNWA – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 43% OF CBS LEAUGES

The Jets are a mess, but that means they are playing from behind in just about every game, and it will be no different next week against the Patriots. Enunwa caught five passes for 64 yards this week, and should be able to give you a similar floor next week in New England. Championship Game: @NE

 

ROBBY ANDERSON – WR – JETS – AVAILABLE IN 94% OF CBS LEAUGES

Robby Anderson has benefited from his familiarity with Bryce Petty, and this week he caught four passes for 80 yards with a 40-yard touchdown. He will see targets again next week, but he is more boom or bust against the Patriots. Championship Game: @NE

 

JARED COOK – TE – PACKERS – AVAILABLE IN 78% OF CBS LEAGUES

Cook stepped up for the Packers this week against the Bears, catching six passes for 85 yards in the frigid conditions. He will face a tougher defense next week with Minnesota coming to town, but the Colts abused them this week. Cook could be a sneaky play next week. Championship Game: vs. Min

 

BRANDON LAFELL – WR – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 62% OF CBS LEAGUES

LaFell came through this week with seven catches for 91 yards, but there is no consistency that you can count on. He and Tyler Boyd go back and forth and while LaFell has higher upside, it will be a tough play at Houston. Championship Game: @Hou

 

 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – AVOID THESE GUYS ON THE WIRE

 

J.J. NELSON – WR – CARDINALS – AVAILABLE IN 60% OF CBS LEAGUES

Nelson came through with a touchdown this week, catching five passes for but for only 38 yards. He also had a big drop and what would have been a 56-yard touchdown catch. He is getting more looks, but he has a horrible matchup next week. Championship Game: @Sea

 

JOHN BROWN – WR – CARDINALS – AVAILBALE IN 64% OF CBS LEAGUES

Brown caught five passes for 81 yards with a touchdown and owners around fantasy said “where was that 15 weeks ago?” He is fools gold as the Cardinals face the Seahawks on the road next week. Championship Game: @Sea

 

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

Stills is the definition of boom or bust and he boomed this week catching a 52-yard touchdown pass, but that was his only catch on the day. Don’t count on him making an impact for you on the road Buffalo, where the conditions will not be optimal. Championship Game: @Buf

 

DEONTE THOMPSON – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

Thompson had his coming out party against the Packers this week, catching eight passes for 110 yards. Can you count on him to repeat that next week against the Redskins? NO. Championship Game: vs. Was

 

ROBERT TURBIN – RB – COLTS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAGUES

Turbin was a touchdown vulture this week, carrying the ball seven times for 32 yards with two scores and adding 22 yards on two receptions. You can’t count on him scoring those touchdowns on a regular basis, as Gore is still the man in Indy. Gore goes back out to bay area next week, so Turbin should go back to being insignificant. Championship Game: @Oak

 

PAUL PERKINS – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 61% OF CBS LEAGUES

Perkins has a ton of potential, but he has yet to overtake Rashad Jennings and that is bad news if you are looking for a spark. He did still get 11 carries for 56 yards this week, but he is by far the secondary option in the running game for the Giants and he does not score touchdowns. Championship Game: @Phi

 

MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lee did not make a catch this week, but he did return a kick 100-yards for score. You can’t trust any Jaguar in your championship game. Championship Game: vs. Ten

 

TYLER BOYD – WR – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 58% OF CBS LEAGUES

Boyd seems to have hit the rookie wall, and this week caught only two passes for 13 yards. You have to avoid him right now. Championship Game: @Hou

 

JACK DOYLE – TE – COLTS – AVAILABLE IN 72% OF CBS LEAGUES

Doyle can give you a floor each week, and he hit it this week with four catches for 32 yards, but was held out of the endzone. He is not going to give you an impact game next week. Championship Game: @Oak

 

MATT MOORE – QB – DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 97% OF CBS LEAGUES

Moore showed his veteran skills last week throwing for 236 yards with four touchdowns against the hapless Jets defense. He will have a tougher matchup against the Bills on the road next week, and is not likely to repeat this performance for you next week. Championship Game: @Buf

 

ALDRICK ROBINSON – WR – FALCONS – AVAILABLE IN 100% OF CBS LEAGUES

With Julio Jones out again this week, Robinson stepped in and caught four passes for 111 yards. This was also against the 49ers in what was a blowout win. It could be another good matchup with the Panthers next week if Jones is out, but if he plays forget about Aldrick. Championship Game: @Car

 

 

 

 

By: Houdini

 

 

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