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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes


Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.


09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble


Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.


09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job


The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.


09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"


Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.


09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In


Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay


A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears


Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.


09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.


09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.


09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.


09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.


09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2


With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.


09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons


Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.


09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC


“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.


09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again


Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.


09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week


Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper


Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion


Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.


09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats


Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.


09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...


Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.


09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Tom Brady goes for his 5th ring and Matt Ryan for his first

Weekly Matchups - Super Bowl LI

Posted by d-Rx on 02/03/17

by   The Archer


@TheArcher


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New England (-3) vs. Atlanta Falcons; Over/Under: 58.5 

 

Let’s just start by stating that 58.5 is the highest over/under in Super Bowl history, so the brainiacs in Vegas think there is going to be a lot of scoring happening in this game. The 33.8 points per game by the Falcons (540 total points) led the NFL this season, while the Patriots came in 3rd with 27.6 (441 total points) points per game. In the 2 playoff games each team has played so far this season, the Falcons are averaging 40 points per game and the Patriots are averaging 35 points per game. Holy crap, let the scoreboard ring! On defense in those 2 games, the Falcons allowed Seattle and Green Bay to score 41 points against them, and the Patriots have only allowed 33 points by the Texans and Steelers this postseason.

 

The Patriots are playing in their NFL-record 9th Super Bowl appearance, the 7th during the Tom Brady and Bill Belicheck era. They’ve won 4 of their 6 appearances thus far. Will Tom Brady have a hand full of hardware Sunday Night and go 5 of 7 in his Super Bowl appearances? Or will Atlanta win their first championship in their second ever Super Bowl chance. The Falcons currently sit with the Cardinals, Bills, Jaguars, Vikings, Panthers, Bengals, Lions, Chargers, Browns, Texans, Eagles and Titans as the only 13 NFL teams that have never won a Lombardi Trophy. So it's essentially the Falcons getting off the schneid or the Patriots solidify their legacy as the greatest dynasty the NFL has seen to date.

 


Super Bowl LI: Matt Ryan vs Tom Brady

 


This is the third time the Super Bowl has taken place in Houston. This is also Dan Quinn’s third Super Bowl in the last 4 years, which is super impressive. Quinn lost to Tom Brady and the Patriots a couple of years ago as the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks. In just his second year as head coach of the Falcons, he has brought them to the biggest game in all of professional sports, he's an under-rated coach.

 

The fact is, neither team wants to get caught in a shootout here, but the Falcons will be in unchartered waters if the Patriots were to get off to a quick start and jump out to an early lead. That would put a lot of pressure on Julio Jones, and take the running attack away. But the Falcons are great at getting on the board early given the fact that Atlanta has scored touchdowns on their last 8 opening drives, which is insane. The result may be Bill taking the ball first if the Patriots were to win the coin toss before the game, something he usually differs. The first quarter of this game will be make or break for the Falcons in my eyes, it will be tough for them to come back if down early.

 

 

SBLI: Freeman vs Blount at RB

 

 

The New England offense can attack the Falcons a lot of ways. They have a bevy of talent for Terrific Tom to quickly get the ball out of his hands and into the playing field. The Falcons are going to have to use Vic Beasley all over the place, but especially up the middle and get in Brady’s face quickly and rough him up, or else #12 will eat them alive. When James White is the game they are passing, 92% of the time, so if you see him out there, expect a passing play. Staggs and Houdini both think this is a Blount game.

 

The Patriots can smash the Falcons on the ground using Blount, just look at the Philadelphia Eagles win over the Falcons in week 10, where the Eagles won using their 3 running backs (Ryan Mathews, Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles) on 34 carries for 198 yards and 2 TDs. I'd look for the Patriots to potentially follow that game plan model and set the tone by running a lot in order to keep the Falcons high-flying offense on the sidelines. If they can move the chains on the ground, Brady may have a pretty chill day at the office.

 

 

SBLI: Tevin Coleman vs Dion Lewis

 


Patriots are going to target the hell out of Julian Edelman, but will he be getting the red zone looks? With a Gronk out, will The Black Unicorn be the one that gets one in the red zone? Tough call. Staggs doesn't see Hogan lighting it up. Tom Brady is tough to blitz, on the season he has gone 61 of 99 throws for 838 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Heres the crazy part, he was only sacked twice on those 99 blitzes. Not an easy guy to throw the kitchen sink at, but what choice do the Falcons have - if you give him time Brady will slice you up. It's going to be a long day for the Falcons defense, that is for sure.

 

 

SBLI: Wide Receivers 1 

 


Both offensive coordinators in McDaniel and Shanahan are very creative play callers, so Staggs believes there will be an array of creative plays called from each side on offense. On the latest Pyro Podcast (show 261) both Staggs and Houdini agreed the final score will be 28-24 with the Patriots winning it again. The winner of the game earns $97,000 and the loser gets paid $49,000 so who wants the money more? While all of said we'd love to see Julio, Matt and the rest of the team get a ring for the ATL, it's going to be tough to achive. Should be an awesome game though.

 

While most of the chatter has been on how BB can scheme and come up with a defensive gameplan to slow down the Falcons offense, the Falcons defense is riding high at the moment themselves, after the Falcons bye week in Week 12 they have been a top-10 defense league-wide. Not chop liver by any means, and they were able to make Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense look marginal a couple of weeks ago in the NFC Conference Championship game.

 

 

SBLI: WR2

 

SBLI: WR3

 

 

Atlanta has converted 64 percent of their 3rd downs this season, over 20 points higher than their regular season rate (42.1), which against the Patriots you have to think will come back down to earth. The Falcons have 2 explosive running backs in Tevin Coleman and Devonte Freeman, but the Patriots gameplan take you out of your element, make you stop running, they don’t allow touchdowns to RBs, but they are susceptible to running backs catching passes on them. Don’t expect a long touchdown run by one of these Falcons running backs, seeing that the Patriots only let up 1 carry of over 30 yards on the season. They are really tough to run on.

 

Julio Jones is going to be beat up and hit a lot, every play - hard and often. It’s what Belichick does, he’ll knock the star player in the jaw till the guy breaks and doesn’t want to get hit anymore. Staggs thinks Julio will still get his stats, but the Patriots are great tacklers, so don't exect a long play on a missed tackle like he did on the Packers. It shouldn’t be a 1 on 1 by Malcolm Butler, while they bracket Julio in order to take him out. When Julio is hurt he can be used as more of a decoy, so let's hope he is really healthy for this big game or the Falcons are toast. Mohamed Sanu has been playing well and will have to make some plays in this game if the Falcons are going pull this game out. Rooting for Mohamed to have a good game and represent all the Muslim people out there that he represents in this game.

 

 

 

SBLI: Tight Ends from Falcons vs Tight Ends from Patriots

 

 

So sit back and throw down a few Vaaalverdes on Sunday, and let's all hope for a great game. I hope you all win your squares and your team wins, it's a sad day in sports come Monday with the NFL season being complete, so enjoy this last game to the fullest! Much love and respect! //d-Rx®

 

 

 

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