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Quick Hit: Is Darrin Reaves A Viable Week 5 Option?
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 Category: FOOTBALL
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Remember when who was going to get the carries in Carolina’s backfield was in question? Well, to an extent they still are but it’s because the top options have all gone down due to injury. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are all banged up, leaving Darrin Reaves, an undrafted free agent, and a collection of castoffs remaining (though reports today state that Stewart could play). Reaves figures to get (read more...)

Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 Category: FOOTBALL
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Kickers are often overlooked, but there are times where they could actually be the difference between winning and losing in a given week.  Who is the best options for Week 5?  Let’s take a look: Shaun Suisham – Pittsburg Steelers – at Jacksonville Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Houston Nick Novak – San Diego Chargers – vs. New York Jets Cody Parkey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. St. Louis Stephen Gostkowski – (read more...)

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 5
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 Category: FOOTBALL
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) We are through the first four weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 5?  Let’s take a look: Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville As we said last week, streaming a defense against the Jaguars continues to make a lot of (read more...)

Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 Category: FOOTBALL
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) We continue to wait for some of the true elite tight ends to produce big numbers (like Jordan Cameron and Jason Witten), but the position certainly isn’t lacking for options.  We’ve seen some incredible breakouts already (like Larry Donnell), while others have produced consistently.  No longer a wasteland, let’s take a look at the best options for the coming week: Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay Julius (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) After breaking out in 2013, with a line of .276 with 18 HR and 56 RBI over 491 PA, a lot was expected of Jason Castro in 2014. Always a player who hit the ball hard (25.2% line drive rate), there was a lot to like. Unfortunately we witnessed a regression across the board: 465 At Bats .222 Batting Average (103 Hits) 14 Home Runs 56 RBI 43 Runs 1 Stolen Bases .286 On Base Percentage .366 Slugging (read more...)

All-In: Why You Should Be Buying Big On Kawhi Leonard
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 Category: BASKETBALL
by Ray Kuhn Yes, I know, I have to dial it back this season. In fact I already have. But is it enough? The question of whether I am overvaluing Kwahi Leonard entering the 2014-15 season will not be completely answered until April, but at this point I will allow for the possibility that I am. Slightly. But in reality, my downfall here might just be that I am a year too soon. However at this point as (read more...)

Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 Category: FOOTBALL
by Ray Kuhn After a week that saw six teams on bye, which caused a great deal of stress for fantasy owners looking to field a winning a fantasy squad, this week will be a lot easier. Just two teams, the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins, are getting the week off. This means that only one true usable option, Lamar Miller, will not be available to fantasy owners. As another positive note, aside from D’Angelo Williams (read more...)

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by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) As we’ve said, the Indians have a recent track record of young pitching breaking out. First it was Corey Kluber, then Carlos Carrasco. Who could be their 2015 breakout performer? Don’t be surprised if it is T.J. House. You could argue that House has already emerged, posting a 3.35 ERA over 102.0 IP in 2014. However that mark came courtesy of a 1.32 WHIP so there’s obviously room for improvement. What’s important (read more...)

by Will Overton With October approaching draft day will be coming for fantasy basketball owners. With that in mind it’s time to get down to business and start looking at some rankings and position breakdowns. We started things off last week with point guards and now we are moving onto shooting guards. This is a position that lacks a depth of elite talent but really makes up for it by what seems a larger than normal (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) David Price pitched the Tigers to a division title by tossing 7.1 shutout innings allowing 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 8.  Obviously that wasn’t the only story coming out of yesterday’s games, as we saw the end of the 2014 regular season and all fantasy owners can begin looking towards and preparing for 2015.  What do we need to know about from yesterday’s action?  Let’s take a look: (read more...)