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

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first six 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 8?  Let’s take a look:

 

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville
Ownership: Yahoo – 19%, ESPN – 12.6%

The Dolphins are coming off an impressive performance against the Bears, holding their high-powered offense to just 14 points.  Jay Cutler threw for 190 yards while he was sacked 3 times, intercepted once and lost a fumble.  With the Jaguars having allowed a league high 29 sacks, as well as having thrown 11 INT, there’s a good chance Miami continues its strong defense against opposing QB. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Anthony Dixon or Bryce Brown The Better Buffalo RB Target?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Buffalo running back corps was once viewed as a depth for the team.  After Week 7, however, that’s no longer the case.  C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone and is out for the season (likely ending his career in Buffalo).  Fred Jackson suffered a groin injury and, while he’s going to be back, has already been ruled out for Week 8 and is going to miss a few weeks.

That leaves Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown left standing, but who has the best chance at emerging?  Let’s take a look:

 

Anthony Dixon
The former 49er has been operating as the third back this season, though there had been rumblings that he could soon leapfrog Spiller on the depth chart.  He had a solid performance on Sunday, rushing the ball 13 times for 51 yards.  It’s hardly impressive, as the Vikings are allowing 4.4 YPC on the season, but he was thrust into a role he wasn’t prepared for. Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just when you think you have all of the answers the NFL seems to change the questions.  It’s time to write Tom Brady off, right?  Obviously those who took that stance have been proven completely wrong.  How about Russell Wilson?  Would anyone have expected him to be a Top 5 option at any point in 2014, especially in a matchup against the Carolina Panthers?  That’s exactly where he is, though.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how all of the quarterbacks shake out for the coming week:

 

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New Orleans
  3. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  5. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  6. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  8. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  9. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
  10. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 7 Fallout: Denard Robinson, Tre Mason and More

by Will Overton

We’re clearly going to be looking no at both what was done this last and what could be done this coming week. We saw a few big breakout performances yesterday from the likes of Denard Robinson and Doug Baldwin. We also have to think about who could be breaking out next week and matchups can help dictate this stuff.

Looking at the prime waiver wire targets this week we will try and strike a balance between looking behind and looking ahead. With that in mind here are five of the guys I see as good waiver wire options this week:

Denard Robinson, RB – Jacksonville Jaguars: Just when we thought the Jaguars running back job was going to Storm Johnson, Denard Robinson took the lead yesterday and came out guns blazing. The former college QB standout ran the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a TD. Robinson has big upside due to his explosiveness and the fact that he’s still getting better as he learns the position. Read more

Week 7 Observations & Musings: Emerging Running Backs, Can Cam Newton Be Trusted & More

by Matthew Gordan

Last week I purposefully didn’t talk Cam Newton or the Panthers because I feel like I talk about them every week. The week prior I said don’t count on Newton to return to elite status until 2015, and I’m sticking to that. Of course it’s easier to say that after the performance the Panthers gave in Green Bay, but it’s worth keeping in mind while trade season heats up in fantasy leagues. Newton has proven me wrong in that he’s gotten healthier and quicker as the season progresses. While that’s great to see, it’s fools gold because of the current talent level of his teammates. A couple more injuries hit his already subpar offensive line on Sunday, probably forcing the Panthers to sign some street free-agents this week. The domino effect of this has been, and will continue to be, a derailed running and passing game.

Instead of slinging bullets and feeding off his running backs for his own rushing yardage, Newton is using his improved health to dodge defenders as soon as he gets the snap. Bottom line is this: Newton will have some great weekends, but he will not put up consistently high fantasy totals like in previous years. He’s probably still an automatic start depending on your backup situation, specifically because his ceiling is still taller than most skyscrapers, but his supporting cast, like the o-line, is below average. The good news is Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen still make for great starts as Newton is a smart guy and he is feeding those two. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Kelvin Benjamin, Jimmy Graham, Bishop Sankey & 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 once again.  Last week he was the only running back to have more than two carries, picking up 18 rushes for 61 yards.  Of course a lot of his production came courtesy of one 22 yard rush, so it was hardly an impressive performance.

Dexter McCluster could see an increased role and the Redskins have been among the best rushing defenses in the league (they are allowing just 3.9 yards per carry tied for ninth fewest).  It’s certainly not a favorable situation despite Greene’s absence. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Can The Seahawks’ Paul Richardson Now Emerge As A 2014 Sleeper?

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 overthecap.com (click here for the article) reports that Harvin owns a $10.5 cap hit for 2015 (though none of it is guaranteed) and could easily be cut in the offseason.

Harvin will get a chance to earn a roster spot and the Jets obviously have a major need for offensive talent.

The interesting fallout from the deal, though, is in Seattle and who may step up to fill the void the deal creates.  There’s no arguing that Harvin has been a bitter disappointment (22 receptions for 133 yards and 0 TD), but he has actually been the most targeted receiver for the Seahawks:

  • Harvin – 26 targets
  • Doug Baldwin – 25 targets
  • Jermaine Kearse – 19 targets Read more

Week 7 Sleeper: Could Jonathan Stewart Produce Big Numbers?

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 else that will keep fantasy owners up at night. When you then add in the fact the Carolina running backs are generally not very good from a fantasy perspective (hence the general confusion), there is not much value to be had.

So, then why am I rushing to the waiver wire this week to pick up Jonathan Stewart in a few of my leagues?  This is the same Stewart who has not played since Week 3 and so far this season has only gained 88 yards on 29 carries with one touchdown. He also has seven receptions for 58 yards. Read more

Moving Targets Week 7: A Decrease In Targets For Sammy Watkins & 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 first third of the NFL season and see if we can glean something worthwhile to take forward. Read more