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by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Whenever you do projections you are going to hit some and miss some, it’s simply the nature of the business. We will take a look at some of the better hits and misses I had heading into 2014 and try to dissect the reasons. One of the closest projections, or “hits”, was definitely the Royals’ Alcides Escobar. Just look at the numbers: CategoryAverageHome RunsRBIRunsStolen Bases Rotoprofessor Preseason Projection.2785507532 Actual 2014 Numbers.2853507431 It’s funny, because if (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Just hours before the start of Week 6 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things: Bishop Sankey – Running Back – Tennessee Titans Shonn Greene will be out for the second consecutive week (he’s officially listed as “doubtful), leaving Sankey to operate as the team’s lead back (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) In a move that seemingly came out of nowhere the Seattle Seahawks yesterday sent WR Percy Harvin to the New York Jets in exchange for a draft pick.  It’s nice to see the Jets finally use their cap space, though at 1-6 it’s too little too late for the 2014 season.  Could he make an impact for the team in 2015?  That remains to be seen, as (click here (read more...)

by Ray Kuhn Generally I avoid running backs from the Carolina Panthers and I know I am not alone in this. Occasionally this strategy might cost me a few fantasy points in any given week, but that is rare. The benefits of avoidance simply outweigh the potential negatives. Following this strategy eliminates some unnecessary stress, but more importantly it takes out guesswork. The Panthers’ backfield is consistently a source of timeshares, injury concerns, touchdown vultures and everything (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) A first round pick in 2012, the Reds’ Jesse Winker made it to Double-A last season but unfortunately had his season cut short due to an injury occurring away from the field. As C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer describes it (click here for the article): “Winker suffered a partially torn tendon in his right wrist in a car accident earlier this month and tried to play through it, including (read more...)

by Ivar G. Anderson Week 7 arrives and we now have a full six weeks of target information to review. Of course, there are plenty of players that have only played five weeks, so it takes a bit of work to figure out who are the movers and shakers in the target world of the NFL, though that presumably is why you are here. Let’s take a look at the top 50 targeted receivers through the (read more...)

by Ray Kuhn Andy Dalton has to throw the ball to someone. For the past few seasons his main target was A.J. Green, and everyone else found their niche in complementary receiving roles. Last season Marvin Jones emerged with 10 touchdown catches and more than 700 yards as proof that Dalton could support multiple pass catchers.  Unfortunately while Dalton begins to grow as a quarterback, but his receivers keep on disappearing. Jones, who had yet to see (read more...)

Will Wily Peralta Take Another Step Forward In 2015?
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 Category: BASEBALL
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Wily Peralta is a pitcher who clearly has upside, as demonstrated by the solid line he posted last season: 17 Wins 198.2 Innings 3.53 ERA 1.30 WHIP 154 Strikeouts (6.98 K/9) 61 Walks (2.76 BB/9) .295 BABIP There’s a lot to like in those numbers, but they hardly scream fantasy ace.  Is that type of pitcher in there?  Can he take the next step in his development in 2015?  Let’s take a look. First of all, there is no (read more...)

by Ray Kuhn Could it be possible that a bench player has more value than a starter? In Golden State that might be the case this season as Andre Iguodala appears primed to come off the bench for the first time in his career. “Kerr throughout the offseason has mentioned Iguodala as a probable starter and in the preseason has found success using him in rotations with guard Leandro Barbosa. “I thought Andre was brilliant, and I don’t know (read more...)

Preseason Story Watch: Breaking Down The Jazz Backcourt
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 Category: BASKETBALL
by Will Overton As the preseason carries on there are certain storylines developing that call for the attention of fantasy owners. One of the stories owners need to be watching is the way things are unfolding in Utah’s backcourt. The Jazz aren’t a “flashy team” necessarily and don’t often get much attention. However, there are plenty of reasons for fantasy owners to be paying attention to this team during the preseason. Is Derrick Favors going to emerge (read more...)