Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

This is it. Just one more week that we need to hear about kickers until next season. Or at least until the debate begins as to whether or not we should eliminate the position for 2017.

But not so fast.

We still should not overlook the position, as the upper level kickers can average about nine to ten points per game with the potential for a 15 point week. That could mean the difference between a championship and a painful second place finish. Let’s take a look at how the kickers rank for this week:

  1. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  4. Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  5. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  6. Stephen Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  8. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – at Denver Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Stop me if you have heard this before; expected point totals will continue to go down as we get closer to kickoff. To close out the season, all of the games will be taking place on Sunday, and there aren’t many teams who don’t know (or have control) of where they will be next weekend.

Since last week’s games, all we have seen is a steady parade of offensive skill position players who will be bystanders to close out the regular season. That means offense will be at a premium and the risk involved with most defenses should be at a minimum. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  2. Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  3. Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
  4. Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles
  5. Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  6. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

If you’re paying attention and playing this week then you are clearly playing for something big. Week 17 can be a tricky one to navigate because you never know what a team’s mindset is going into the week and who will play, and who will play part of the game and sit the rest, etc. That said, we’re still here for you and we’re still giving you our best effort as we rank the top receivers played for the week:

  1. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Detroit
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
  3. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina
  5. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta
  6. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco
  7. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ Miami
  8. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Ray Kuhn

Things have not been easy this year at the tight end position, and things will likely not get better this week. If there is anything good to takeaway here, and it’s really just an optimistic point of view, it’s that things aren’t going get anymore difficult for the last week of the season. Let’s jump into the rankings:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  5. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  7. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  8. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  9. Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Chicago Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

This is not going to be an easy week. In fact, it might be the most challenging week there is… Challenging might not necessarily be the right word to use, maybe frustrating or nerve wracking might be more like it.  If you are still playing it means one of two things: Either you have reached the championship, and in that case congratulations, or you are setting a DFS lineup to help ease the pain of the fantasy football season being over.

Regardless of what brings you here, it is commendable as there is nothing like filling out a Week 17 lineup. We already have an abundance of players sidelined as there is no reason to risk further injury when the game means nothing, and more inactive players will likely come this weekend.

The rankings below are based on what we know at this point, but also are very much subject to change based on who actually takes the field. If you are setting a lineup make sure to monitor who will be actually taking the field and try to read the tea leaves as to what the usage will be. We’ll try to note of the situations that might look a little different than they did last week as there are certainly opportunities for value out there. Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries and the potential for playoff bound teams to rest their starters makes Week 17 one of the toughest to predict.  For now we are ranking the quarterbacks as if they are going to be utilized as usual, but keep a close eye on the news as that easily may not be the case.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the rankings for the coming week:

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  4. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  6. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  7. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  9. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles Read more

Fantasy Football Coverage Is Not Done Yet!

First of all I wanted to thank everyone for their support over the 2016 NFL season.  We truly appreciate you frequenting Rotoprofessor and valuing our insight/advice.

While things are obviously going to slow down, we aren’t done yet!  If you are in a league that plays through Week 17 not to worry, we will continue running our weekly rankings through the end of the regular season.  So make sure to keep checking back for the latest.

Thanks again for your support and we here at Rotoprofessor would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday season!

Saturday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: A.J. Green, Sammy Watkins, Kenneth Farrow & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 16 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:

 

Sammy Watkins – Wide Receiver – Buffalo Bills
Over the past two weeks Watkins has totaled 10 targets (which he’s turned into 5 catches, 64 yards and 1 TD).  The Bills have clearly eased him back into the mix, so it’s fair to be concerned with how many opportunities he’ll see.  That said the Dolphins have struggled against wide receivers (seventh most points per week over the past four weeks), and the last time Watkins faced them (November 8, 2015) he exploded for 8 catches, 168 yards and 1 TD.  That makes him an intriguing WR3 play, and potentially usable as a WR2 depending on your alternatives. Read more

Will Allen Robinson (Or Similar WR) Be Viable Options This Week?

by Ray Kuhn

Speculation doesn’t matter. Potential, that is meaningless at this point in the season. What is important though, is results.

And there are players, who for one reason or another, just haven’t produced them this season. At this point in the season, there is no need to be taking risks. If there is a risk to be taken, it should be in situations where upside is plentiful. There is no tomorrow, and you should plan accordingly.

Who would have thought this? We are in Week 16, and Allen Robinson is ranked 44th among wide receivers by RotoProfessor. It certainly isn’t a sudden development as Robinson has struggled all season, but it is a bit surprising to see him not even ranked as a WR3.

After all, Robinson was either a late first round or early second round selection in drafts this summer. We are well beyond the point of equating Robinson’s roster status to where he was drafted, and it is very possible you weren’t able to overcome his poor performance, but the time is now. Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Entering the season kickers were not receiving much, if any, respect. There was talk about eliminating the position entirely from fantasy leagues, and as a whole they didn’t do much to help their cause. Last week though, with weather becoming more of an issue across the league, kickers had a very good week. With fantasy championships on the line, let’s hope they can make it two in a row. Here is how the kickers rank for Week 16:

  1. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  2. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  4. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Indianapollis
  5. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
  6. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys -vs. Detroit
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland Read more