Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 11: Derek Carr, Chris Thompson, Emmanuel Sanders & 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 – Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England

Carr has not lived up to expectations overall this season, but let’s not overlook that he was lighting up the box score prior to the Raiders’ bye week:

  • vs. Kansas City – 417 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
  • at Buffalo – 313 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • at Miami – 300 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

We have had a few weeks of reprieve, but for this week we are going to have to play meteorologist. Since we are in the middle of November it makes sense and is something that will likely continue for the rest of the way. We want to be careful not to overstate the impact that weather will have on the results, but one area in which there is a clear relationship is the kicking game. Since we are completing these rankings a few days prior to Sunday, and the weather has a habit of changing, it is a roster decision you will want to revisit closer to game time. In a vacuum, here is how our options rank:

  1. Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  3. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Minnesota
  4. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Green Bay
  5. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

If you are waiting for the quarterback play to improve, this is not your week. We have Phillip Rivers in the concussion protocol, Tom Savage still under center for the Texans, Blaine Gabbert taking snaps for Arizona and Nate Peterman making his debut in Buffalo. However, from the perspective of fantasy defenses all of that is good news. Let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cleveland
  2. Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
  3. Arizona Cardinals – at Houston
  4. Denver Broncos – vs. Cincinnati
  5. Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Buffalo
  6. New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
  7. Baltimore Ravens – at Green Bay
  8. Cincinnati Bengals – at Denver Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 11: Marcus Mariota, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Derrick Henry & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky as it is, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

 

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota – Quarterback
Many will want to believe that he’s a viable option, given the name, but the numbers tell a completely different story.  Thus far he’s thrown for 1,783 yards, 7 TD and 6 INT, with his overall value being buoyed by running the football (3 TD).  With that being the sole “value”, it’s hard to get excited considering the Steelers have allowed the third fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks and limited them in all aspects: Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

It’s interesting to look back at the rankings from Week 1 and look at where we are now in the wide receiver position. There’s been a lot of turnover at the top and if you are still stuck with the way you thought it was going to be at the beginning of the year you may be in trouble. How do things currently look?  Let’s take a look at how they shake out for Week 11:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee
  2. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta
  3. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Miami
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle
  5. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs @ NY Giants
  6. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Washington
  7. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver
  8. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Arizona Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end continues to be one of the most frustrating positions to fill.  If you have one of the “Big 4” you are set each and every week (outside of bye weeks), but after that it’s a complete mess.  Sure there are some decent options, but they aren’t a given to produce regularly and are definitely not matchup proof.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how things shake out for the coming week:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  3. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Kansas City
  4. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  5. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England
  6. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
  7. Tyler Kroft – Cincinnati Bengals – at Denver
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Pittsburgh Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

The waiver wire has been quiet for the last few weeks, but this week might be a little different. There are few options potentially available, and while they might not be the most exciting they offer some hope. How do those “fliers” fit into the rankings?  Who should we be trusting overall?  Let’s take a look at what we can expect and how our options rank:

  1. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
  2. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tennessee
  3. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – at Minnesota
  4. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – at LA Chargers
  5. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cleveland
  6. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
  7. Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Buffalo
  8. Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you strictly look at the name appeal you are going to have issues setting your starting lineup each week.  As the 2017 season drags on it has become crystal clear that players like Matt Ryan and Drew Brees, recently locked in Top 5 plays, are no longer must use options.  In their place we’ve seen Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and others rise and fill the void.  Who are the quarterbacks we should be trusting for Week 11?  Who should we be skeptical about?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
  2. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  4. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
  5. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England
  6. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Minnesota
  7. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  8. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tennessee Read more

Waiver Worthy (Week 10 Aftermath): Rex Burkhead, Austin Ekeler, Dontrelle Inman & More

by Will Overton

We’re at a point in the season where you not only have to look at things from a long term perspective, but also in a one week vacuum. Playoff spots are going to be decided over the next couple of weeks and it’s important that you are putting the best team possible on the “fantasy field.” With that in mind let’s look at some of the targets on the waiver wire and decide who can make your team better both this week and the rest of the season:

Rex Burkhead – RB, New England Patriots
The New England Patriots running game is such a guessing game it can be very frustrating to use any of them on your fantasy team. That said we’ve seen Burkhead get more and more involved the last couple weeks, and he currently seems to be just a notch below Dion Lewis on the totem pole. Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 10: Melvin Gordon, Sterling Shepard, Robert Woods & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After another Sunday of NFL football it’s hard not to walk away with more questions than answers.  It was yet another tough week, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to come able learning some valuable lessons.  Let’s take a look at 10 things we learned from Week 10:

 

1. That we wrote Isaiah Crowell off prematurely…
The Detroit Lions have struggled more with running backs who can catch the football, not run it, but Crowell has now posted back-to-back strong games (sandwiching the bye week):

  • vs. Minnesota – 11 carries for 64 yards and 1 TD (5.8 YPC)
  • at Detroit – 16 carries for 90 yards and 1 TD (5.6 YPC) Read more