The Ditch List: Breaking Down Four Players It May Be Time To Cut Bait On

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Not every cut is created equal, and it’s going to depend on your league size/format in many cases.  That said there have been some obviously disappointing starts to the season and in the right circumstance three weeks is enough information to formulate a decision, cut bait and move on.  Let’s take a look at a few candidates that you should consider dropping:

 

Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – Quarterback
Calling the trip to London a disastrous one would be an understatement, as Flacco was pulled after going 8-18 for 28 yards, 0 TD and 2 INT.  We knew it would be a slow start, after he was nursing injuries throughout the preseason, but he’s now thrown for just 366 yards, 3 TD and 4 INT over the first three weeks of the season.  In fact Baltimore has limited him to under 20 passes in two of the three games (though he would’ve thrown more in Week 3 had he not been removed). Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Derrick Henry, DeVante Parker, Tarik Cohen & 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:

 

Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – Running Back
Regardless of whether DeMarco Murray plays or not, Henry is looking like the back to use this week.  Murray is battling a hamstring injury, and while he returned to practice on Friday he’s listed as questionable and even if he’s on the field you have to think that he’s going to be limited.  That appears to be exactly what’s going to happen, as Adam Schefter tweeted this morning:

Titans RB DeMarco Murray, listed as questionable for Sunday, is “more than likely” to play vs Seattle, per source.

As it is Henry has been the more impressive runner over the first two games, almost in an equal workload: Read more

Breaking Down Two Potential Buy Low Candidates (A.J. Green & DeAndre Hopkins)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know who has been a disappointment thus far, but not all disappointments mean that a player is worth trying to buy low on.  Some players are simply destined to fall short of expectations, so let’s take a look at two under-performing wide receivers and try to determine if we should be buying or ignoring:

 

A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
No one is going to call the start for the Cincinnati Bengals anything but a major disappointment, though in those struggles could come a buying opportunity or two.  For instance an owner frustrated with the timeshare in the backfield may be willing to give up on Joe Mixon, even though the upside remains if you have the patience to stash him on your bench.  While an owner may be a little less likely to sell A.J. Green for pennies on the dollar, it never hurts to ask.

Over the first two weeks of the season Green as 10 catches for 141 yards and 0 TD.  It’s not that he isn’t getting opportunities (18 targets), so a lot of the “issues” are with his quarterbacks inefficiency and the lack of TD.  The latter is actually not a new problem, however: Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 3: Russell Wilson, Devante Parker, Mike Gillislee & 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 – Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
This simply isn’t the same Alex Smith we’ve become accustomed to seeing.  He’s always carried the perception of being a game manager, not taking his shots to make big plays.  Maybe it’s the dynamic play makers around him, who can turn a 5 yard dump-off into an 80 yard TD at any moment, but Smith owns a 9.8 yards/attempt over the first two weeks of the season.  That places him fourth among QB with at least 30 attempts, ahead of Tom Brady (9.5), Drew Brees (7.9) and Aaron Rodgers (7.1).  His 5 TD places him one behind the league leaders and he also hasn’t thrown an INT.  Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Don’t underestimate kickers. All that matters is that you score more points than your opponent, and how you get there doesn’t have to be exciting. Just because some leagues may have done away with them, it doesn’t mean kickers can be ignored as every point matters. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  2. Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  3. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  4. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
  5. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  6. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Chicago
  7. Giorgio Tavecchio – Oakland Raiders – at Washington
  8. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Targeting the Jets and Browns each week is just going to be too easy this season. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do it, or look in that direction for your DFS lineups, but it is the obvious choice. The good thing for those of you in streaming situations is that there are also other defenses to target. Let’s take a look at how your options rank this week:

  1. New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  2. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  3. Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  4. Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  5. Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  6. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  7. Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis
  8. Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 3: Sammy Watkins, Pierre Garcon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 2 is in the books and for many of us it was disappointing, as there was a slew of disappointing performances and injuries.  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:

 

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff – Quarterback
Goff has played well over the first two weeks, accumulating 530 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT, though it’s been a tale of two games: Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers: Crabtree Emerging, Sleeper Options & More

by Will Overton

Another week is set to begin and here we are debating who you should play and who you should sit. I am aiming to help you out by giving you my rankings, as with the injuries starting to mount the decisions get a little bit more difficult. Here is how I am seeing it shake out this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit
  3. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay @ Minnesota
  4. A.J. Green – Cincinnati @ Green Bay
  5. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona
  6. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Philadelphia
  7. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City
  8. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Washington Read more

Quick Hit: Who Benefits Most From Greg Olsen Hitting IR>

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Panthers placed their star tight end Greg Olsen on IR, sidelining him for at least the next 8 games. While Ed Dickson will step into his spot in the lineup, he obviously isn’t an ideal replacement and isn’t going to see the bulk of the targets left behind (instead they will likely be spread across the team). You could argue that Kelvin Benjamin will be the biggest benefactor, but he already is going to be owned (this just locks him in as a WR2, at worst). The biggest impact will be felt by Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey, so let’s take a look:

 

Devin Funchess – Wide Receiver
He finished 1 target behind Benjamin in Week 2, turning 7 targets into 4 receptions and 68 yards. It was a nice performance, but it wasn’t necessarily an efficient one and that’s been a consistent issue. Over his career he’s turned 132 targets into 60 receptions, a 45.5% catch rate. Maybe more opportunities will help him and Cam Newton get onto a better groove, but that’s hard to bank on. Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends: A Surprising #1 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end is always a frustrating position and this season is no different.  We’ve seen some good performances and we’ve seen some bad ones, the question is who can we trust on a weekly basis (or if we are better off streaming the spot)?  There are some good choices this week, and also some who you may want to steer clear from.  Let’s take a look at how things currently shake out:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  3. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  4. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Oakland
  5. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  6. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  7. Martellus Bennett – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cincinnati
  8. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland Read more