Deep League Diving: Is The Cardinals’ Jaron Brown Worth A Speculative Add?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kent Somers recently tweeted:

“Jaron Brown has to play more earlier in games. Producing. Michael Floyd isn’t.”

It may not be groundbreaking analysis, but it’s something that certainly makes sense.  Just look at the numbers for the Cardinals’ wide receivers through the first three weeks of the season:

  • Larry Fitzgerald – 20 receptions on 32 targets (62.5%)
  • Michael Floyd – 9 receptions on 24 targets (37.5%)
  • John Brown – 8 receptions on 18 targets (44.4%)
  • Jaron Brown – 6 receptions on 10 targets (60.0%)

Given those numbers it’s fair to wonder if it’s Carson Palmer who is really the problem.  It’s not like Floyd is the only unproductive receiver, with John Brown also failing to convert many of his opportunities.  Both were significantly better last season, with Palmer at QB, so it makes sense to try and fix the problem as opposed to making sweeping changes. Read more

Week 4 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As we’ve consistently said, tight end is a position that appears to be continually changing (with a few exceptions).  We have settled in to a distinct Top 3 (with Rob Gronkowski healthy), but the rankings behind them are continuously changing.  Who is this week’s “Buy of the Week”?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  2. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  3. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Cleveland
  4. Zach Miller – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  5. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at New York Jets
  6. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Oakland
  7. Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – at San Diego
  8. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  9. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
  10. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh Read more

Week 4 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

We’re finally shaking things up a little bit at the top of the rankings. We have a pair of receivers making their first appearance in the Top 10, and a couple more cracking the Top 15 for the first time. Meanwhile we also have two guys almost falling out of the Top 20, who have been mainstays in the Top 10 most of the season. This is also the first week with byes, with Green Bay and Philadelphia sitting. There is a lot to sift through here, so let’s get to it and breakdown the Top 50 receivers for week four:

* = Injury Watch

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City
  2. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami
  3. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis
  4. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Tennessee
  5. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ San Diego
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina
  7. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Minnesota
  8. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville
  9. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears vs. Detroit
  10. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco* Read more

Week 4 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just three weeks in and we are already faced with having to maneuver around a handful of bye weeks.  Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the two quarterbacks who are out this week are among the best options in the league (Aaron Rodgers & Carson Wentz).  Who are the best options to step up and replace them?  Which under-the-radar options are worth buying in two-quarterback leagues?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  2. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  3. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at San Diego
  5. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. New Orleans
  6. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  8. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
  9. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Minnesota
  10. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Cleveland Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 3 Fallout: Jordan Howard, Terrelle Pryor, Wendell Smallwood & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Jordan Howard – Running Back – Chicago Bears
We were proponents of adding him after Week 2, given the struggles of Jeremy Langford, and Howard’s Sunday night performances helps to hammer it home:

  • Rushing – 9 carries for 45 yards
  • Receiving – 4 receptions (6 targets) for 47 yards

Langford did break a 23 yard run, but finished the day with just 3 carries and 2 receptions (on 3 targets) before being forced from the game due to injury.  Given how bad he was over the first two weeks and the potential that Howard possesses, this appears to be the changing of the guard in the Bears’ backfield.  Howard is a must own option, as he has the upside of a must play RB2 (and occasionally more than that, depending on the matchup). Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Sammy Watkins, Christine Michael, Brandon Marshall & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 3 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:

 

Christine Michael – Running Back – Seattle Seahawks
With Thomas Rawls listed as doubtful and unlikely to play, Michael appears primed to operate as the lead back in what should be a favorable matchup with the 49ers.  That said, San Francisco has allowed 187 rushing yards to opposing running backs over the first two weeks, which puts them in the middle of the pack, and is only yielding 3.2 yards per carry.  They also have yet to allow a rushing touchdown, so don’t consider it a lock that Michael lights up the scoreboard.

Of course Michael has made the most of his chances thus far (25 carries for 126 yards), has proven capable of making plays in the passing game (5 receptions) and Russell Wilson is banged up.  That all comes together to help boost his stock, but he’s still more of a mid-tier RB2 this week. Read more

The Drop List: Three Players We Are Ready To Move On From (Randall Cobb & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

In order to be active on the waiver wire you have to be willing to cut bait on someone sitting on your bench.  Sometimes that decision is easy, but that’s not always the case.  Here are three players who had been viewed as potential contributors this season that we’d be willing to move on from at this point.  At the very least, consider them on the verge of being disposable depending on the next game or two:

 

Randall Cobb – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers
He’s underwhelmed over the first two weeks of the season, turning 15 targets into 11 catches for 99 yards and 0 TD.  He’s averaging just 9.0 yards per reception, a number that isn’t unreasonable considering his 10.5 mark from a year ago.  As it is he’s only had one season with more than 1,000 yards (1,287 in 2014) or 80 catches (91 receptions in 2014), he’s not a go to option in the red zone and Jordy Nelson is rounding back into form.  Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 3: Start Isaiah Crowell, Sit Doug Baldwin & 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 – Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
While the New Orleans Saints have somehow allowed just 1 passing TD, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before that number increases significantly.  After all, they have allowed the fourth most passing yards (682) and are one of just six teams to have allowed at least 650 yards over the first two weeks.

For his part Ryan has helped to expose a pair of defenses thus far:

  • vs. Tampa Bay – 334 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • at Oakland – 396 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

With two weeks of the football season in the books, we are beginning to get they lay of the land. The sample size is still small and results must be adjusted for the quality of the competition, but things are beginning to get a little clearer. We know which offenses to target and who the strong defenses are. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how they rank for this week:

  1. Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  2. Arizona Cardinals – at Buffalo
  3. Miami Dolphins – vs. Cleveland
  4. Carolina Panthers – vs. Minnesota
  5. Houston Texans – at New England
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Philadelphia
  7. New York Giants – vs. Washington
  8. Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  9. New York Jets – at Kansas City
  10. Los Angeles Rams – at Tampa Bay Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: LeGarrette Blount (Start), Will Fuller (Maybe?!) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky, 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:

 

New England Patriots
Chris Hogan – Wide Receiver
He was a popular sleeper selection, but over the first two weeks of the season he hasn’t produced standout numbers (7 receptions, 119 yards, 1 TD). His 10 targets place him fourth on the Patriots, and he’s going to be the fourth or fifth option, at best, if Rob Gronkowski is healthy. With a tough matchup and significant quarterback questions, there’s simply no reason to take this kind of risk early in the week.

Verdict – Sit Read more