Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 30 Running Backs

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Running back position has already been hit with a few injuries, like Vick Ballard and Kendall Hunter, though nothing that as sent significant shock waves through the rankings.  The bigger factor is the suspension to Ray Rice, sending him spiraling down a bit.  Let’s take a look at how things currently shape up:

 

  1. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Lesean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles
  3. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  4. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  5. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
  6. Arian Foster – Houston Texans
  7. Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
  8. Montee Ball – Denver Broncos
  9. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  10. Zac Stacy – St. Louis Rams Read more

Is Peyton Manning Worth A First Round Draft Pick?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one is going to argue against Peyton Manning as the top fantasy quarterback for the upcoming season. However, two things can be questioned:

1) Can he repeat his 2013 numbers?
2) Is he worth a first round pick?

For me, both answers are pretty simple.

Can he match last years success? No, there’s little chance of it and going in expecting that would be a mistake. Let’s be honest, no one should be expected to replicate 55 TD throws. Even the 5,477 yards are a stretch, but much more believable. When we look at the touchdowns., keep the following things in mind: Read more

Is Doug Martin Destined To Disappoint In 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is the type of article that would’ve seemed like lunacy about 18 months ago. Martin was coming off a stellar rookie season, with 1,926 total yards and 12 TD. He was a workhorse. He appeared to be the next superstar.

When he struggled out of the gates last season it was easy to overlook. He scored just 1 TD in six games, averaging a meager 3.6 yards per carry. Things were supposed to get better, instead they got unbelievably worse.

In that sixth game Martin suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder, ending his season and sabotaging many a fantasy season. In his absence the Buccaneers tried a variety of backs, with varying degrees of success:

  • Bobby Rainey – 3.9 yards/carry (137 carries)
  • Mike James – 4.9 yards/carry (60 carries)
  • Brian Leonard – 3.9 yards/carry (47 carries)

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2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kicker is often viewed as a position fantasy owners can ignore, and it’s fair theory.  They certainly don’t play a prominent role, but they do play a role all the same and could mean the difference between winning and losing on a weekly basis.  So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at our rankings:

  1. Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears
  2. John Tucker – Baltimore Ravens
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots
  4. Matt Prater – Denver Broncos
  5. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys
  6. Phil Dawson – San Francisco 49ers
  7. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers
  8. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders
  9. Caleb Sturgis – Miami Dolphins
  10. Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings Read more

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Breakout or Bust: Will DeAndre Hopkins Emerge In 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It may not appear like Andre Johnson is going to hold out, though it doesn’t really matter as second year receiver DeAndre Hopkins is gaining a lot of attention (and rightfully so). Generally we view the third year as the “breakout year” for receivers, but can Hopkins respond sooner?

The fact is, regardless of if Johnson is on the field or not we have to expect Hopkins to play a bigger role in 2014. Just look at the targets for the team last season:

  • Andre Johnson – 181
  • DeAndre Hopkins – 93
  • Garrett Graham – 88
  • Ben Tate – 51

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Draft Day Decision: Is Frank Gore Worth A Top 50 Pick?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Running back is always a tough position to fill, especially now with more teams looking to employee committees as opposed to having a true lead back. In the past the 49′ers Frank Gore would be an easy selection early in your drafts, but is that still the case?

Age
Now 31-years old, Gore has accumulated a lot of mileage on his tires. Over the course of his career he has 2,187 carries and 331 receptions. Throw in an additional 140 carries and 18 receptions in the post season and you have a total of 2,676 touches over a nine-year NFL career.

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Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries haven’t played a major role, yet, but training camps are just getting started.  Unfortunately we know it’s only a matter of time, but that doesn’t mean that changes haven’t been made to our rankings.  Let’s take a look at how our wide receiver rankings currently shake out:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
  2. Alshon Jeffery – Chicago Bears
  3. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
  5. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
  7. Victor Cruz – New York Giants
  8. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers
  9. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
  10. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears Read more

Which Browns’ Running Back Should Fantasy Owners Target?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Buried in an article about Johnny Manziel by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (click here for the article) was this quote from coach Mike Pettine regarding training camp battles:

“And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy from Terrance West from Towson, who I really like.”

The assumption has been that Tate would be handed the starting job, with West operating as a complimentary back.  That has certainly been reflected in their ADP in the early going (courtesy of Fantasy Pros):

  • Ben Tate – 56.4
  • Terrance West – 118.0

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Notable PPR Decliners: Wide Receiver Edition (Cordarrelle Patterson, Desean Jackson & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve already looked at some of the notable wide receiver risers when we look at a PPR league as opposed to a non-PPR league (click here to view).  What about those that go the other way?  Let’s take a look:

 

Cordarrelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings
PPR Formats – 22
Non-PPR Formats – 17

Patterson is going to be a heavily hyped receiver as draft days approach, and rightfully so.  His numbers were limited in his rookie season (45 receptions for 469 yards and 4 TD), but Norv Turner running the offense alone is going to help him.  However, where Patterson thrives is with the ball in his hands and his ability to make big plays.  To an extent Turner himself said that, in this recent quote from Fox Sports Minnesota (click here for the article): Read more