Quick Hit: Darren Sproles, PPR Monster?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News’ Zach Berman recently wrote (click here for the full article):

Expect Darren Sproles to be featured in the passing game this season. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said that every week during game planning meetings, they will ask, “How can we get this guy the football?”

Thoughts:
In the article Reich was quoted as saying:

“Sproles is the original, right?” Reich said. “He’s the original guy. He’s the prototype. Right from the start, I remember coming in some of the immediate talk was the excitement of how we get to use a guy like Darren Sproles. . . . In Doug’s offense, they’ve done that in the past. We’ll continue to mix in some other things that we’ve all done, that our staff has done to kind of isolate backs and get good matchups.”

It’s easy to draw comparisons between Sproles and Danny Woodhead, who played under Reich in San Diego last season and posted career highs in receptions (80) and receiving yards (755), while matching his career high in receiving TD (6). Are any of those numbers really a stretch to imagine Sproles matching, or even exceeding, this season? Read more

Looking Into the Numbers: Cleveland Browns Edition: Is Duke Johnson The Back To Own & More

by Ray Kuhn

Fantasy football ultimately is all about the numbers, though the NFL itself is about significantly more than that. That said we have come a long way in the past few years when it comes to equating numbers and statistics to what we see on the field and helping to predict and explain both past and future performance. As we inch closer to the kickoff of another NFL season, we’ll take a trip through the league and look at two statistics for each team and what it means from a fantasy perspective.

Today let’s take a look at the Cleveland Browns:

165: The Number of Touches Duke Johnson Had Last Season

Entering the 2016 season we can likely expect the Browns to be one of the worst teams in the league once again. That means Cleveland will be playing from behind on a regular basis, so it remains to be seen how much of a factor the running game will be. New coach Hue Jackson has spoken multiple times about establishing the run, but its success remains to be seen. Read more

Is Matt Ryan Really Just A Mid-Tier QB2? Is He Even Worth Targeting?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There was a time that Matt Ryan was viewed as one of the better fantasy quarterbacks in the league, but that’s clearly not the impression fantasy owners still have of him. His current average ADP is 149.9, making him the 20th QB being selected. Among those taken ahead of him:

  • Marcus Mariota – QB19
  • Jamies Winston – QB16

In fact he’s barely going ahead of Teddy Bridgewater (QB21). While he is coming off a rather disappointing season, was it really so bad that he’s fallen so far? Read more

Running Back Depth Chart: Has Christine Michael Risen To The Top For Seattle?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Would anyone have expected the Seahawks Christine Michael to enter the 2016 campaign as a viable fantasy selection?  Maybe we weren’t taking him seriously for a week or two, but with Thomas Rawls sidelined he’s taken the bull by the horns and entrenched himself as an important piece of the offense.  How important?  Let’s take a look at the performances from yesterday’s third preseason game and the outlook of the backfield:

 

Thomas Rawls
Did Not Play

On Wednesday Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN tweeted:

RB Thomas Rawls will NOT play in tomorrow’s game but Carroll said he has “no hesitation saying he will play in season opener.” Read more

Updated Preseason 2016 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve seen some minor injuries, some suspensions and various other tidbits that certainly have an impact on our rankings as the opening kickoff nears.  How do our running back rankings currently look?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams
  2. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals
  3. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  4. Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys
  5. Lamar Miller – Houston Texans
  6. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons
  7. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  8. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Eddie Lacy Really Primed For A Renaissance In 2016?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were high expectations entering 2015, but the Packers Eddie Lacy proved to be among fantasy footballs biggest disappointments. Instead of being a workhorse he shared the backfield, taking 187 carries for 758 yards and 3 TD. Twelve months later we are all justified in being skeptical, but over the first two preseason games there are signs that the old Lacy is back:

  • Game 1 – 4 carries for 24 yards
  • Game 2 – 9 carries for 45 yards and 1 TD

That’s 13 carries for 69 yards, good for 5.3 yards per carry. Obviously it’s only preseason and the level of competition has to be taken into account, but considering all the talk hovering over him it’s also something we simply can’t ignore. Read more

Why Demaryius Thomas Is A Must Buy In The Third Round

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one would’ve questioned the Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas as a Top 10 wide receiver a year ago (and chances are he was ranked higher than that). This season he currently goes at an average ADP of 31.6, placing him as the 16th wide receiver coming off the board.

Yes Peyton Manning has retired…
Yes he will likely see a downgrade at quarterback…

Of course we are still talking about a wide receiver who racked up 105 receptions for 1,304 yards last season. Did he “disappoint”? With 6 TD the case could be made, though the other numbers make it a hard sell.

Let’s not forget he has posted 90+ receptions and 1,300+ yards for four straight seasons. While the QB play is going to be questionable, you could make the argument that it was nothing special last season either. The receptions and the yardage were there, and there is little reason to think that it will suddenly disappear. Read more

Deep League Sleeper: Could The Raiders’ Seth Roberts Emerge As A Viable WR Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When you think of Oakland Raiders skill position players, who are the first names that come to mind?  Most likely it would be:

  1. Amari Cooper (WR)
  2. Latavius Murray (RB)
  3. Michael Crabtree (WR)
  4. DeAndre Washington (RB)

For some the names of Clive Walford (TE) and Andre Holmes (WR) could also be in the mix.  That’s six players before maybe you reach wide receiver Seth Roberts (and that’s a big maybe).  Would it surprise you to learn that he was actually third on the team in receiving yards last season (480), despite being a tertiary option with just 55 targets? Read more

Sign Up Today For The RotoProfessor Fantasy Football Leagues!!

by Ray Kuhn

Do you have what it takes? Are you an avid football fan and reader of the site? If so, do you want to square off against the RotoProfessor staff this season?

For the 2016 season, we will be running two reader leagues where you get to compete against myself, the RotoProfessor and Will Overton. Below you will find the details of each league. Competitors will be granted access on a first come, first serve basis. Both leagues will be hosted on ESPN and will be live drafts.

League One:

  • 16 teams
  • Half point PPR
  • Snake Draft
  • QB/RB/RB/WR/WR/TE/Flex/Flex/Def/K/6 bench
  • Wednesday September 7th, 8pm EST

League Two:

  • 12 teams
  • Half point PPR
  • Auction Draft with $200 cap
  • QB/RB/RB/WR/WR/WR/TE/Flex/Def/K/6 bench
  • Tuesday August 30th, 8pm EST

If you wish to participate in one of these leagues, please send an email to raykuhn57@gmail.com with your preference. All that we ask is that you can make the draft and be an active owner all season.

Updated Preseason 2016 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We have a few weeks of preseason action under our belts and fantasy football drafts are soon approaching (if they haven’t already).  Obviously a lot of things have changed, as situations become a little bit clearer in terms of who is going to start (though not all situations are settled quite yet).  With that in mind let’s start updating our rankings for 2016:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  2. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
  3. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
  7. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals
  8. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
  9. Eli Manning – New York Giants
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers Read more