Why Keenan Allen Likely Shouldn’t Be In Your Starting Lineup Tonight (Or Any Week For Now)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

You would think that games against the Denver Broncos are going to be shootouts, given the point totals they are capable of. That should mean big numbers for the wide receivers on the other team…

It’s a good theory, but it hasn’t been the case in 2014. Denver’s defense has allowed the fifth fewest receiving yards to opposing wide outs, at 890 yards. That alone is a knock against any player on the outside, and it definitely clouds the usability of Kennan Allen for tonight’s game.

It’s not like Allen hasn’t been getting opportunities, as he leads San Diego in receptions (34) and targets (52). However he has yet to find the end zone and he’s barely third on the team in receiving yards: Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we discussed those in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column).  Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:

 

Tre Mason – St. Louis Rams
at Kansas City

It’s going to be easy to hop on the Tre Mason bandwagon, especially after his 85 yards and 1 TD on 18 carries in Week 7.  We aren’t about to say that you shouldn’t be grabbing him off the waiver wire, but depending on your alternatives thrusting him into your lineup this week may not make sense. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 8: Carson Palmer, Ronnie Hillman, Andre Johnson & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Quarterbacks
Start – Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
We knew it could take some time for Palmer to round back into form, but he now has two games under his belt and an assortment of weapons to choose from. While his numbers haven’t been electric quite yet (503 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT), the Eagles have allowed the fifth most points to opposing QB this season (1,669 yards, 13 TD, 3 INT). Unless you have one of the elite, he’s as good of a bet as there is this week. Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end is one of the toughest positions to figure, isn’t it?  While we all know who the truly elite options in the league are, it’s that Second and Third tier guys that seem nearly interchangeable.  Let’s take a look at how things currently look heading into Week 8:

 

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Seattle
  3. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
  4. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  5. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  7. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at New England
  8. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  9. Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  10. Owen Daniels – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 7?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week (they were out of control last week).  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 8:

 

  1. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  2. Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  3. New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  4. Detroit Lions – at Atlanta
  5. Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  6. Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  7. Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  8. Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  9. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  10. Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego Read more

Deep League Stash Candidate: Is Now The Time To Grab Charles Sims?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN (click here for the article):

“Sims was eligible to begin practicing this week, but he didn’t. When asked if he might return to practice next week, Sims said he hoped so but that decision would be up to the coaching staff and trainers.”

He’s eligible to return on November 2 and it’s easy to imagine him taking a big role as soon as he’s deemed healthy. Tampa Bay is averaging a meager 89.8 rushing yards per game, fifth fewest in the league. Part of it has been driven by lack of chances, as their 4.3 yards per carry is respectable. Still, no one has stood out (aside from one big performance). Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Nobody should be surprised by this, but we had another interesting week where running backs are concerned in fantasy football. One team lost their top two running backs in the same game and now we are advocating for a player who hasn’t been active all season. A converted quarterback/wide receiver had one of the best games of the week. A running back who was off draft boards by the second or third round of just about every draft didn’t gain a single yard.  And we can go on.

Those are just a few of the things fantasy owners had to deal with this week at the running back position. This week there are just two teams, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, on bye. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at how our rankings shake out for the coming week:

  1. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  2. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. St. Louis
  3. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at New England
  4. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  5. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  6. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
  7. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  8. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
  9. Ben Tate – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  10. Shane Vereen – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago Read more

Three Wide Receivers I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column).  Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:

 

Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
vs. Miami

Robinson continues to be the leader of the Jaguars receiving corps and he finally found the end zone in Week 7, so what’s not to like?  The Dolphins’ secondary has actually been among the better groups in the league with just 843 receiving yards to opposing wide receivers and an overall league best 10.0 yards per reception.  Quarterback Blake Bortles fas also had his issues with efficiency, at times, including a 54.8% completion rate in Week 7. Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Every week it seems like someone else is emerging into the top 20 – 25 of this group while some of the established veterans seem to continue slipping. At the top of the rankings we see many of the same subjects who continue to swap places among the top seven.

  1. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans
  2. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. San Diego
  3. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis
  5. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit
  7. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears @ New England
  8. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh
  9. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona
  10. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville
  11. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta
  12. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers

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 7?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  2. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  3. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  4. Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at Tampa Bay
  5. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  6. Nick Novak – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  7. Nick Folk – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  8. Caleb Sturgis – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  9. Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Atlanta Read more