Lineup Decision: Should Cam Newton Be In Your Lineup Tonight?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were high hopes for a rebound for Cam Newton this season, but it hasn’t been the case. A preseason rib injury has certainly played a role in that failure, as has the failure in the running game. The question is, not only if he can turn things around but can he do it tonight against the Saints?

Part of the problem is a lack of weapons. Outside of rookie Kelvin Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen, what do the Panthers have? Jerricho Cotchery? Jason Avant?

Just to make matters a little bit worse for Newton tonight, the Saints have allowed the second fewest points per week to opposing tight ends. Their 28 receptions and 275 yards are second fewest in the league and they are one of six teams to allow just 1 TD. Read more

St. Louis Backfield Blues – What to do about those Rams RB?

by Ray Lin

If you’ve had any of the Rams running backs in fantasy this season, you probably know what it’s like to get Belichick-ed. Pure frustration. This is why in theory, investing in workhorses is so highly recommended come draft time.

I say “in theory” because the assumption was that Zac Stacy did in fact fall under the workhorse category, joining the likes of Marshawn Lynch, Alfred Morris, Matt Forte, etc. Stacy played on 56.3% of the Rams offensive snaps last season, which was actually more than Morris (52.8%) did in Washington.

This season Stacy has been a colossal disappointment, especially at his 2nd round ADP. Undrafted sophomore Benny Cunningham and rookie third-rounder Tre Mason have severely eaten into Stacy’s snaps and carries. A breakdown: Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 9: Giovani Bernard, Colin Kaepernick, DeAndre Hopkins & 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:


Start – Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
The Rams have been atrocious at stopping opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing the fifth most points per week. Even more important, it’s been running quarterbacks that have hurt them most as they’ve allowed the third most rushing yards (197) and are tied for the most rushing touchdowns (3). While Kaepernick hasn’t shown it consistently, nor has he found the end zone, he has rushed for over 50 yards three times this season and we all know what he’s capable of. Just as an added bonus, he torched St. Louis for 343 yards and 3 TD through the air just a few weeks ago. Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The bye weeks definitely play a role in the tight end rankings, but it’s more for the second tier and below.  If you are an owner lucky enough to own one of the premier options, you have no complaints.  Where do the rest of us turn?  Let’s take a look:


  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Miami
  4. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at New England
  5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  6. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
  7. Larry Donnell – New York Giants – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  9. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Minnesota
  10. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Arizona Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 8?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week (they were out of control last week).  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 9:


  1. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
  2. San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  3. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Oakland
  4. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
  5. Cleveland Browns – vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Washington Redskins – at Minnesota
  7. Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
  8. San Diego Chargers – at Miami
  9. Arizona Cardinal – at Dallas
  10. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Washington Read more

Quick Hit: Is Julian Edelman Quickly Falling Off The Fantasy Map?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that the Patriots are hurting a bit at wide receiver, so the snap count (courtesy of Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston) from Week 8 is quite telling:

  • Brandon LaFell – 61
  • Julian Edelman – 45
  • Danny Amendola – 38
  • Brian Tyms – 17

Reiss adds that, “Edelman led all receivers by playing 45 of the first 52 offensives snaps but then was kept on the sidelines for the remainder of the game. The Patriots didn’t announce an in-game injury for Edelman, who had two drops. We’ll see if something shows up on the injury report this week, or if Edelman was just taken out in favor of Amendola and Tyms based on performance or something else.” Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

After a few weeks where there were only two teams on bye, we are snapped back to reality with six teams resting for Week 9. Owners will notice this more as the Wide Receiver pool is diluted, but finding enough starting running backs will be difficult as well. Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will all be sidelined along with running backs from the Bills, Falcons, and Titans. We must navigate these along with the normal committees, time shares and injuries.  It certainly makes for tough sledding.

Let’s take a look at what running backs can help you this week.

  1. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Atlanta
  2. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. NY Jets
  4. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – at Dallas
  5. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
  6. Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos – at New England
  7. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  8. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Oakland
  9. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
  10. Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins – vs. San Diego Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 9 (Chris Ivory & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week 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:


Chris Ivory – New York Jets
at Kansas City

Sure he is the “lead” back in New York, but how much does that really mean? After falling behind early, in part thanks to a peculiar game plan where they went pass heavy, Ivory turned 13 carries into 43 yards though his day was saved thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns. Of course, Kansas City is the only team in the league yet to allow a running back to find the end zone. Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

This is a tough week for fantasy owners with six teams on bye weeks. Over a quarter of last week’s top 50 wide receivers are not playing this week, including eight of last week’s top 20 receivers.

Don’t get too upset though because there are still plenty of quality receivers out there and some potential new stars emerging as well. Here is how I see the top 50 come out this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  2. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona
  3. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ New England
  4. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ NY Giants
  5. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles @ Houston
  6. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos@ New England
  7. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego
  8. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans
  9. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ Minnesota
  10. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kickers are often overlooked, but there are times where they could actually be the difference between winning and losing in a given week.  Who is the best options for Week 9?  Let’s take a look:


  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  2. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  3. Phil Dawson – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  4. Cody Parkey – Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
  5. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Giants
  6. Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  7. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Arizona
  8. Nick Folk – New York Jets – at Kansas City
  9. Billy Cundiff – Cleveland Browns – vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville Read more