Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Will Fuller, Giovani Bernard, Greg Olsen & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 14 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:

 

Kerwynn Williams – Arizona Cardinals – Running Back
With Adrian Peterson out once again it will be Williams set to carry the load.  In a similar situation last week against the Rams Williams erupted for 97 yards on 16 carries, though the matchup is a significantly tougher one in Tennessee (they’ve allowed the sixth fewest points per week to opposing RB).  In fact the Titans have been stellar against the run:

  • 868 rushing yards (third fewest)
  • 4 rushing TD (tied for third fewest) Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 14: Tyrod Taylor, Kareem Hunt, Stefon Diggs & More

by Will Overton

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 –Josh McCown – New York Jets @ Denver
Sometimes matchups are all about timing, and the timing for McCown this week seems just right. He is on a roll after a huge game against the Chiefs last week. Meanwhile, the Broncos have been a tough team to go against this season but the wheels seem to be falling off, given they allowed 35 points last week to Miami. The Jets are pretty content being a pass heavy offense right now and McCown should keep piling up the fantasy points. Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Once again, and as it will be for the rest of the season, weather will come into play. When making your roster decision for Week 14 you should also be looking into the future at the next two weeks and evaluating both weather and match-ups. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  2. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  5. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  6. Chandler Catanzaro – New York Jets – at Denver
  7. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  8. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at Houston Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

The good thing about streaming defenses as we reach the playoffs is that it gets easier. Not necessarily the decisions, in fact it gets harder as the stakes become more serious. What does work in your favor is that there is less competition for the week’s top options. Let’s take a look at how the defenses rank for this week:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals -  vs. Chicago
  2. New England Patriots – at Miami
  3. Green Bay Packers – at Cleveland
  4. Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Washington
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  6. Minnesota Vikings – at Carolina
  7. Buffalo Bills – vs. Indianapolis Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

It’s Week 14 and you’re either starting your playoffs or this is your last chance to earn your spot before they start next week. Either way, this is a potentially huge week and you need the best lineup possible. To help with that let’s get to breaking down the Top 50 Wide Receivers of the week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  2. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago
  3. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. San Francisco
  4. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Washington
  5. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
  6. Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots @ Miami
  7. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Tennessee Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 14: Tevin Coleman, Drew Brees, Ted Ginn & 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:

 

Atlanta Falcons

Must Start:

  • Julio Jones – Wide Receiver – Jones is one of the elite players in the game and while he was contained in Week 13 (2 receptions for 24 yards), he’s a week removed from a 12 catch, 253 yards, 2 TD explosion.  Of course the numbers don’t matter, Jones is a must start no matter what. Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

After the marathon trip through the regular season we have finally reached the fantasy playoffs. I wish I could say that things are going to get easier, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Picking the right option seems like a thankless task, but you don’t have a choice. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for the first week of the playoffs (and for those of you fortunate enough to have earned a bye, that doesn’t mean you get the week off as it is imperative you look towards next week):

  1. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  2. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  4. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Philadelphia
  5. Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Washington
  6. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  7. Lamar Miller – Houston Texans – vs. San Francisco Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Rob Gronkowski was primed to sit atop these rankings, but a one-game suspension will cost him the game.  That hurts fantasy owners as it takes one of the few dependable options off the table.  He’s not the only tight end we may be without, unfortunately, as Zach Ertz may not be cleared to return.  If we are without both of them, where should fantasy owners look?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  2. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Arizona
  4. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Washington
  5. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Jacksonville
  6. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Los Angeles Rams
  7. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Buffalo
  8. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – at Denver Read more

Stat of the Day: Devonta Freeman vs. Tevin Coleman

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While the overall numbers appear to be close, the production for Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, when Freeman receives at least 9 carries (nine games this season) shows a completely different story:

Player
Touches
Yards
TD
Devonta Freeman1467305
Tevin Coleman905633

In those nine games Coleman has gotten more than 9 carries once and hasn’t had more receptions (20 for Freeman vs. 19 for Coleman).  Over the course of the season the numbers look close, but that’s solely due to Coleman performing well while Freeman was on the sidelines. Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The time is now for many as the fantasy playoffs kick off.  It’s an interesting week as well, with a few of the top quarterbacks drawing difficult matchups (though that doesn’t mean we could imagine sitting them down).  That’s not to say that all of the matchups are concerning, as there are some quarterbacks who appear to be heating up and walking into favorable matchups.  Throw in the “names”, who are never easy to value, and there are many landmines to maneuver through.  Let’s take a look at who we should be trusting:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Jacksonville
  3. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Los Angeles Rams
  4. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  5. Josh McCown – New York Jets – at Denver
  6. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Washington
  7. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans Read more