Breakout or Bust: Should We Buy Into The Travis Kelce Hype?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kelce made little noise in his rookie season, but that’s often the case with tight ends. The ones who comes out with guns blazing and sets the world on fire are the exception, not the rule. Instead it often takes a year or two before their impact is truly felt (take that for what it’s worth if you are targeting Eric Ebron and/or Jace Amaro).

Kelce was even quieter than most, appearing in just one game after needing microfracture surgery. That could simply make him more attractive to fantasy owners, as the former third round pick is garnering little attention.

With Anthony Fasano all that’s ahead of him on the depth chart and a receiving corps that is questionable, at best, would it really be surprising to see him make an impact in what is essentially his rookie season? Read more

Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 30 Running Backs

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There haven’t been any significant injuries to the running backs (thankfully), and we hope that continues through the most important weak on the preseason schedule.  That said, there have been some minor moves throughout the rankings (mostly due to usage concerns).  Let’s take a look at how things currently stack up (the number in parenthesis is our previous rankings):

 

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

Quick Hit: Why The Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart Is Worth A Late Round Flier

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s very easy to forget about Jonathan Stewart, as his career has been marred by leg injuries the last two years. It’s easy to forget that he rushed for 20 TD over his first two seasons in the league or that, over his first four years, his worst average yards per carry was 4.3 (and was over 5.0 twice).

The past two seasons he was a shell of his former self, playing 15 total games while mustering 516 yards and 1 TD on 141 carries. Many fantasy owners will probably ignore him, with the 31-year old DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert also on the depth chart. However, that could ultimately prove to be a costly mistake.

He clearly appears to be healthy, after taking 4 carries for 26 yards and 2 TD in the team’s second preseason game. Read more

2014 Projection: Is Eric Decker Now Being Undervalued?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Is it possible that Eric Decker is being undervalued by fantasy owners? We all know that he’s not going to be the player he’s been in Denver the past two seasons with Peyton Manning throwing him the football:

  • 2012 – 85 receptions, 1,064 yards, 13 TD
  • 2013 – 87 receptions, 1,288 yards, 11 TD

Anyone expecting him to come close to those numbers in the Jets’ inept offense would be making a major mistake. That said, his current ADP of 93.6 feels like an over correction to the change in locale. Read more

Draft Day Decision: Why Zac Stacy Is Worth A Second Round Selection

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While there significantly more hyped rookie running backs heading into 2013, the Rams’ Zac Stacy arguably had the biggest impact. As the Rams looked to fill the shoes vacated by Steven Jackson, Stacy emerged as the go to running back as he rushed for 973 yards and 7 TD in just 14 games.

Those would be solid numbers on their own, but there are two things working in his favor for an even bigger campaign.

1) This Tweet from Jim Thomas (earlier in the offseason), quoting coach Jeff Fischer:

Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy’s evolving role with Rams: “I think over time, he’ll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy.”

2) Through September he had just 1 carry for 4 yards. Read more

Will Kyle Rudolph Be The Breakout Tight End Of 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There’s no questioning the ability when it comes to Kyle Rudolph, who has scored 15 TD in three seasons in the NFL. The big question is always going to be if he can stay on the field, and that is something that we have to keep in mind.

He missed time last season due to a broken foot, being limited to 8 games. However, could that injury have actually been a blessing in disguise? According to Phil Ervin of Fox Sports North (click here for the article):

“It’s the result of dieting his way to a 15-pound decrease this summer, an effort borne from rehabbing from a broken foot and amplified when Turner asked him to slim down and get ready to catch more passes.”

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Rotoprofessor Reader Leagues Forming, Sign Up Today!

The first of August is nearing and that means Fantasy Football Season is upon us. Last season we launched our first ever RotoProfessor Readers League and it was a huge success. We had such a great response last season that we are looking to step it up in year two and have three leagues so that more of our readers can participate. Each league will feature at least one if not more writers from the RotoProfessor staff as well as a number of readers.

We will have one standard league, one PPR league and one IDP league which will feature 0.5 PPR as well.

If you want to participate in one of these leagues all you need to do is send me an e-mail at will.overton85@gmail.com and reserve your spot today. In the e-mail I need your full name, e-mail address and a brief one or two sentence explanation for why you want to complete in one of the leagues. I also need you to specify your league preference by ranking your preferred league to play in 1 – 3 with 1 being the league you’d most want to compete and 3 being the league you’d least like to compete in.

So get on it and start signing up now!

Two Running Backs Most Likely To Emerge As Top 10 Option By Year’s End

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that, every year, there’s at least one or two RB who enter the year outside the Top 10 who ultimately breakout (to see our current rankings, click here). Who are the most likely candidates to join the party? Let’s take a look:

 

Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals
The question with Ellington is going to be how often the team is willing to give him the football. Last season they were clearly limiting his touches, with 118 carries for 652 yards and 3 TD and 39 receptions for 371 yards and 1 TD. At 5’9″ and 199 lbs. it makes some sense, as they strive to keep him healthy, but we’d anticipate the gloves coming off a bit in 2014.

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How Should Johnny Manziel Be Valued On Draft Day?

by Ray Lin

While the position battle between Michael Vick and Geno Smith has been mildly interesting, there’s no doubt that the most closely monitored QB situation in fantasy has been the one in Cleveland.  Despite being the incumbent starter as the veteran with a respectable 82.6 QB rating in three starts last year, Brian Hoyer has fairly limited fantasy appeal. On the other side, we can’t seem to go a day without hearing about 22nd overall pick Johnny “Football” Manziel.

In two years at Texas A&M, Manziel averaged an impressive weekly line of 300 yards passing, 2.4 passing TDs, 83.8 yards rushing and 1.2 rushing TDs. The dual threat potential in dynasty and keeper leagues is obviously massive, but how should redraft leaguers in single QB leagues treat Manziel?

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Order The Rotoprofessor 2014 Fantasy Football Draft Guide For $6 & Be Entered To Win Brett Favre Autograph!

That’s right, for the first time ever Rotoprofessor will be offering a Fantasy Football Draft Guide!!  Scheduled to be released by July 1, the guide will be very similar to our Baseball Guide (including regular updates based on news/injuries).  If you purchase the draft guide by August 20 (if you have already ordered you will automatically be entered into the drawing), you will be entered to win a free Brett Favre autographed 8×10 (authenticated)!!  There will be only one winner, but don’t miss your opportunity!The guide will be delivered via e-mail (as an Excel spreadsheet) and will include:

  • Expanded Positional Rankings (Top 75 RB, Top 100 WR, etc.)
  • Expanded PPR Rankings
  • Overall Rankings (Both PPR & Non-PPR)
  • Projections (Including Player Analysis)
  • Sleepers/Breakouts/Busts
  • Offensive Line Rankings
  • Coaching Change Implications
  • And so much more!!

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