Why Michael Floyd Should Still Be On Fantasy Radars Heading Into 2015

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Michael Floyd endured a miserable 2014 campaign…  That’s obviously not some earth shattering statement.  It was supposed to be his full breakout as he entrenched himself as one of the elite receivers in the league, but he instead managed 47 receptions for 841 yards and 6 TD.  Just how mediocre were those numbers?

  • Receptions – tied for 85th in the league
  • Receiving Yards – 41st in the league
  • Receiving TD – tied for 29th in the league

It would be easy to chalk his struggles up to the quarterback play, but that wouldn’t entirely be accurate.  With six games with Carson Palmer under center Floyd averaged 2.8 receptions (4.3 targets) and 43.3 yards per game.  Yes the Cardinals had significant QB issues, being forced to use Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley for extended periods of time, but it simply wasn’t the only issue. Read more

Is C.J. Anderson A Viable First Round Pick Or Top 10 Running Back In ’15?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Entering the season fantasy owners were focused on Montee Ball as the Denver Broncos running back to own.  When he got injured it was Ronnie Hillman who stepped up and filled the void, though only for a few weeks.  When he too went down the team finally turned to C.J. Anderson and the fantasy owners who did the same were handsomely rewarded over the final two months of the season:

165 carries
785 yards
8 TD

33 receptions
323 yards
2 TD

The undrafted sophomore also added 18 carries for 80 yards, as well as 6 receptions for 29 yards, in the Broncos playoff lose.  On the surface it would appear like Anderson is going to be the leader of the Denver backfield and a can’t miss fantasy option for 2015.  However we need to be careful, as looks can sometimes be deceiving. Read more

Early 2015 Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Latavius Murray Rise To RB1 Status?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Raiders have named Bill Musgrave their new Offensive Coordinator.  From a fantasy perspective this can only be considered a good thing, especially after the following quote came out courtesy of Vic Tafur (via Twitter):

“Asked Musgrave impression of Latavius Murray: ‘Very positive. Tremendous size & speed. Going to tailor run game so it’s right up his alley.’”

Last season the Raiders inexplicably gave the bulk of the carries to Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, who put up the type of underwhelming performances that we expected.  McFadden managed 534 yards and 2 TD on 155 carries (3.4 yards/carry) and is now a free agent.  Jones-Drew was even worse, picking up 96 yards and no TD on 43 carries (2.2 yards/carry) and is likely to be cut. Read more

2015 NFL Mock Draft (v2.0) – Reshuffling The Top 10 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is our second stab at projecting the 2015 NFL Draft, but there’s a lot of time and likely going to be a lot of things between now and draft day.  That’s why we are going to be updating this every two weeks for now, with more frequent updates as the draft gets closer.

With that in mind, let’s take a look:

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State
It’s obvious that the current Tampa Bay leadership doesn’t feel like Mike Glennon is going to be their long-term solution at QB.  When you have a chance to address the spot you do, so look for them to either select Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the top pick.  At this point it looks like Winston could be the preferred pick (after Mariota’s performance in the National Championship Game, but don’t be surprised if they flip-flop with almost every mock until the draft.
Previous Pick – Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 4 Defenses

by Will Overton

It may seem like an easy decision to grab a defense this weekend, but what if you could use the couple hundred dollars you save by passing on the Seahawks and upgrade somewhere else? I’ not saying that’s what you should necessarily, but you should at least consider your options. This is how I see the defenses ranking for this weekend’s games:

  1. Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay
  2. New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis
  3. Green Bay Packers @ Seattle
  4. Indianapolis Colts @ New England Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 12 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

And then there were four. We have one weekend of football left to play before we get to the Super Bowl. We’ve got four really good teams and what should be two really good games on tap. If you want to have a little extra fun with it try your hand at a weekly fantasy league. If you are going to do that I have the breakdown of which receivers you’re going to want:

  1. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Seattle
  2. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ New England
  3. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Seattle
  4. Brandon LaFell – New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis
  5. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis
  6. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay
  7. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts @ New England
  8. Jermaine Kearse – Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 4 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are just four teams left standing and, as expected, they all boast top quarterbacks under center.  Who is the best of the best?  Let’s take a look at how we have them ranked for the coming week:

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle

Thoughts:

  • Yes the general feeling is that the Patriots have a tough secondary, but the Colts running game is questionable and we all know just how good Andrew Luck is.  Throw in the fact that Joe Flacco took them for 4 TD just a week ago and the expectations of a high scoring game and it’s certainly hard to bet against him. Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 5 Tight Ends

by Ray Kuhn

Calling this list top heavy would be an understatement. Rob Gronkowski is not only the best tight end of the week, but he is also one of the best options for the week in general. With a Super Bowl berth on the line, I expect tight ends to be utilized as security blankets and red zone threats. That being said, Gronkowski is the only player who I really think will have a match-up shifting performance bBut depending on how you put together your daily lineup, Gronkowski very well might not be feasible).

Let’s take a look at how the tight ends are ranked.

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  3. Luke Willson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  4. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  5. Andrew Quarless – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 4 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Here we are. After 17 weeks of the regular season and two weeks of playoff action, it is down to just four teams. That means you have a 25% chance of picking the correct kicker. Let’s take a look at how I have them ranked for this Sunday:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  3. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  4. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 8 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

As we rank the running backs for the last time this season, I would like to thank you for following along for the past 19 weeks. With that being said, let’s just jump right into the rankings:

  1. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  2. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
  3. Dan Herron – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  4. Shane Vereen – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  5. James Starks – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
  6. Zurlon Tipton – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  7. LeGarrette Blount – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Robert Turbin – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay Read more