Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 7?  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 8:

 

  1. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  2. Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  3. New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  4. Detroit Lions – at Atlanta
  5. Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  6. Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  7. Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  8. Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  9. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  10. Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego Read more

Deep League Stash Candidate: Is Now The Time To Grab Charles Sims?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN (click here for the article):

“Sims was eligible to begin practicing this week, but he didn’t. When asked if he might return to practice next week, Sims said he hoped so but that decision would be up to the coaching staff and trainers.”

He’s eligible to return on November 2 and it’s easy to imagine him taking a big role as soon as he’s deemed healthy. Tampa Bay is averaging a meager 89.8 rushing yards per game, fifth fewest in the league. Part of it has been driven by lack of chances, as their 4.3 yards per carry is respectable. Still, no one has stood out (aside from one big performance). Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Nobody should be surprised by this, but we had another interesting week where running backs are concerned in fantasy football. One team lost their top two running backs in the same game and now we are advocating for a player who hasn’t been active all season. A converted quarterback/wide receiver had one of the best games of the week. A running back who was off draft boards by the second or third round of just about every draft didn’t gain a single yard.  And we can go on.

Those are just a few of the things fantasy owners had to deal with this week at the running back position. This week there are just two teams, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, on bye. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at how our rankings shake out for the coming week:

  1. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  2. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. St. Louis
  3. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at New England
  4. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  5. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  6. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
  7. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  8. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
  9. Ben Tate – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  10. Shane Vereen – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago Read more

Three Wide Receivers I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 8

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:

 

Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
vs. Miami

Robinson continues to be the leader of the Jaguars receiving corps and he finally found the end zone in Week 7, so what’s not to like?  The Dolphins’ secondary has actually been among the better groups in the league with just 843 receiving yards to opposing wide receivers and an overall league best 10.0 yards per reception.  Quarterback Blake Bortles fas also had his issues with efficiency, at times, including a 54.8% completion rate in Week 7. Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Every week it seems like someone else is emerging into the top 20 – 25 of this group while some of the established veterans seem to continue slipping. At the top of the rankings we see many of the same subjects who continue to swap places among the top seven.

  1. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans
  2. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. San Diego
  3. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis
  5. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit
  7. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears @ New England
  8. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh
  9. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona
  10. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville
  11. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta
  12. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Read more

Week 8 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 7?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  2. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  3. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  4. Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at Tampa Bay
  5. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  6. Nick Novak – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  7. Nick Folk – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  8. Caleb Sturgis – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  9. Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Atlanta Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first six weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 8?  Let’s take a look:

 

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville
Ownership: Yahoo – 19%, ESPN – 12.6%

The Dolphins are coming off an impressive performance against the Bears, holding their high-powered offense to just 14 points.  Jay Cutler threw for 190 yards while he was sacked 3 times, intercepted once and lost a fumble.  With the Jaguars having allowed a league high 29 sacks, as well as having thrown 11 INT, there’s a good chance Miami continues its strong defense against opposing QB. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Anthony Dixon or Bryce Brown The Better Buffalo RB Target?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Buffalo running back corps was once viewed as a depth for the team.  After Week 7, however, that’s no longer the case.  C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone and is out for the season (likely ending his career in Buffalo).  Fred Jackson suffered a groin injury and, while he’s going to be back, has already been ruled out for Week 8 and is going to miss a few weeks.

That leaves Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown left standing, but who has the best chance at emerging?  Let’s take a look:

 

Anthony Dixon
The former 49er has been operating as the third back this season, though there had been rumblings that he could soon leapfrog Spiller on the depth chart.  He had a solid performance on Sunday, rushing the ball 13 times for 51 yards.  It’s hardly impressive, as the Vikings are allowing 4.4 YPC on the season, but he was thrust into a role he wasn’t prepared for. Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just when you think you have all of the answers the NFL seems to change the questions.  It’s time to write Tom Brady off, right?  Obviously those who took that stance have been proven completely wrong.  How about Russell Wilson?  Would anyone have expected him to be a Top 5 option at any point in 2014, especially in a matchup against the Carolina Panthers?  That’s exactly where he is, though.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how all of the quarterbacks shake out for the coming week:

 

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New Orleans
  3. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  5. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  6. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  8. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  9. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
  10. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 7 Fallout: Denard Robinson, Tre Mason and More

by Will Overton

We’re clearly going to be looking no at both what was done this last and what could be done this coming week. We saw a few big breakout performances yesterday from the likes of Denard Robinson and Doug Baldwin. We also have to think about who could be breaking out next week and matchups can help dictate this stuff.

Looking at the prime waiver wire targets this week we will try and strike a balance between looking behind and looking ahead. With that in mind here are five of the guys I see as good waiver wire options this week:

Denard Robinson, RB – Jacksonville Jaguars: Just when we thought the Jaguars running back job was going to Storm Johnson, Denard Robinson took the lead yesterday and came out guns blazing. The former college QB standout ran the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a TD. Robinson has big upside due to his explosiveness and the fact that he’s still getting better as he learns the position. Read more