Deep League Target: Will Martavis Bryant Breakout As A Viable Option?

by Ray Kuhn

Entering the season Marcus Wheaton was a popular sleeper option. The second year receiver was talented and also familiar with Pittsburgh’s offense. Perhaps more importantly, with the departure of Emmanuel Sanders, there was a role to be filled opposite Antonio Brown.

However lurking in the shadows is Martavis Bryant.

Through seven games, the Steelers certainly have given Wheaton a chance to show what he can do. Wheaton isn’t done by any means, at worst he would drop to the third receiver, but the problem is that would make him fifth in line for targets in the passing game.

We know all about what Antonio Brown and what he can do (I’ll avoid any UPS related puns), and then you have Le’Veon Bell and Heath Miller, who are both intricate parts of  the passing game with 43 and 36 targets respectively. No one is going to come close to Brown and his 50 receptions on 74 targets, but there is still value to be had for a second receiver, especially as a deep threat. Read more

Deep League Stash: Could Donte Moncrief Emerge In Indianapolis?

by Ray Kuhn

At this point in the season we know that the Colts offense is prolific. Andrew Luck is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and they are a good source of fantasy production across the board.  We know all about Ahmad Bradshaw and TY Hilton, both must start options and have both exceeded their draft values. Will anyone else will reap the rewards of Luck for the remainder of the season, though?

Of course there is old reliable Reggie Wayne. The veteran receiver has 38 receptions on 62 targets for 434 yards and one touchdown. Last week he had just four catches for 15 yards before he injured his elbow. From a snap perspective the injury didn’t affect Wayne, but it did appear to impact his performance as he dropped two balls he normally would have caught.

Wayne had an MRI that didn’t appear to show anything serious, and the early word is that he might miss one or two weeks. At this point we haven’t heard anything definitive on Wayne’s status for this week, but my expectation is that he won’t be much of a factor this week, if he does play at all.

So who stands to gain the most from Wayne’s injury? Read more

Moving Targets Week 8: Who Has Seen A Recent Increase In Targets & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

This week we go through the Top 49 players receiving targets, mainly because No. 52 is injured (going miss you, Fred Jackson) and I decided to cut off the list at 40 targets. Not to worry, we can still discuss some of those who do not yet have 40 targets on the season when I look at some of the recent producers with regards to having the ball tossed to them after the chart: Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: Are Zac Stacy & Doug Martin Worth Holding On To?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously there have been a lot of disappointing running backs this season, but does that mean that they are simply droppable? Or, should we keep them stashed and hope that they figure things out? Let’s take a look and try to decipher a few of the situations:

 

Zac Stacy – St. Louis Rams
A fantasy hero a year ago, he has quickly fallen to complete fantasy zero. He clearly has fallen behind both Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham on the depth chart and it’s going to take a lot for him to suddenly get out of the doldrums and emerge as a viable weekly option once again. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Zach Mettenberger Prove Fantasy Viable?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The news broke recently that the Tennessee Titans are turning the page, inserting sixth round draft pick Zach Mettenberger into the starting lineup. We all knew that Charlie Whitehurst wasn’t the answer and, while Jake Locker could ultimately return to the starting role, injuries have continued to plague him and he’s generally failed to produce.

Mettenberger made huge strides in his senior season at LSU, throwing for 3,082 yards, 22 TD and 8 INT. Here’s what Walter Football had to say about the year and improvements he made:

“Before the 2013 season, LSU hired Cam Cameron to be its offensive coordinator, and the veteran NFL coach did a lot to help Mettenberger’s game. He was more accurate and displayed better feet and field vision under Cameron’s direction. Mettenberger became a much greater aerial threat with wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry serving as superb weapons. Mettenberger completed 65 percent of his passes in 2013 for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Unfortunately, his season ended early with a torn ACL.”

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Five Things We Learned From Thursday Night: Is Ronnie Hillman A RB1, Has Keenan Allen Found Himself & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No matter how good the teams, there are always ample lessons learned from any NFL game.  While both Peyton Manning (25-35, 286 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT) and Philip Rivers (30-41, 252 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT) performed about where we would’ve expected, whose performances grabbed our attention?  Let’s take a look at five things we learned from last night’s action:

 

1. Ronnie Hillman deserves to keep the Broncos lead back job and is a must start option
The only possible knock against Hillman last night was his lack of TD, though that’s not to say that there wasn’t an opportunity (Juwan Thompson vulture a pair of scores or having a score taken off the board due to a holding penalty).  In fact you could argue that he deserved to score multiple times.  It would’ve just been icing on the cake, though, as Hillman finished with 20 carries for 109 yards and 3 receptions for 29 yards.

Over the past three weeks, with Monte Ball out, Hillman has averaged 119 total yards per game.  Ball, who was injured in the game vs. Arizona, averaged just 72 yards per game over the first three weeks of the season.  He scored 1 TD over that span and also lost a fumble (after losing three last season). Read more

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