Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

We are now at that fun part of the season where weather begins to be a factor. Temperatures are dropping, winds are picking up and precipitation is starting to take a snowy turn. At least bye weeks no longer come into play as we take a look at how the kicker’s rank for this week:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
  2. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Pittsburgh
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  4. Josh Brown – New York Giants – at Washington
  5. Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – vs. New England
  6. Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  7. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Carolina
  8. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago Read more

Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

When you pick your defense for Week 12 try to look beyond just this week. Of course you want to maximize your points , but you want to also ensure favorable match-ups through the playoffs. That said, let’s take a look at how the rankings shake out for this week:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. St. Louis
  2. New England Patriots – at Denver
  3. Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  4. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
  5. Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  6. Denver Broncos – vs. New England
  7. Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  8. Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Thanksgiving Edition: Eddie Lacy, Tony Romo & More

by Eric Stashin

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today is a day for family, food and football.  From a fantasy perspective, though, things get a little more complicated with a trio of games.  Do we take any gambles early in the week?  What if we are unsure if one of our players are going to suit up on Sunday?  This week is a little bit more difficult to maneuver around, but let’s take a look at a few of the decisions owners may be facing today:


Eddie Lacy – Running Back – Green Bay Packers
According to the Packer Report (via Twitter):

“MM says a one-two punch in backfield. No decision on who will start. Needs them both.”

While both Lacy and James Starks will be involved, Lacy is coming off a game where he severely outplayed Starks (in fact over his past four games Starks has totaled 38 carries for 104 yards, a 2.7 YPC): Read more

Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

The bye weeks are over, but the injuries have not stopped nor do they appear to be any time soon. Just to make matters a little more stressful, there are three games kicking off on Thursday complicating decisions a little bit. While it will be enjoyable to have a triple-header of football to watch along with your turkey feast, some roster decisions are going to have to be made a little sooner than you might like to. With that in mind let’s jump into the rankings:

  1. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
  2. Todd Gurley – St. Louis – at Cincinnati
  3. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
  4. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Indianapolis
  5. T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
  6. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  7. Thomas Rawls – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Pittsburgh
  8. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – at Kansas City Read more

Deep League Waiver Worthy: Does The Bears’ David Fales Belong On Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier this week the Bears promoted former sixth round draft pick David Fales from their practice squad, making him the backup behind Jay Cutler. Given Cutler’s injury history and the fact that it’s a lost season the move should not fly under-the-radar (especially for those in two-quarterback formats). There’s a chance Fales gets a look, at some point, so what could he provide?

The junior college transfer had two highly impressive seasons at San Jose State:

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Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries continue to be a significant issue across the league, with tight end being no different.  Jordan Reed may or may not be ready to play, though signs seem to be pointing in his favor (which is why he’s included on the list).  We’ve been waiting weeks for Austin Seferian-Jenkins to return, but it just hasn’t happened yet (he’ll be usable when he does, but at this point we can’t bank on it).  Of course injuries aren’t the only issue, so let’s take a look at how things currently shake out for the coming week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
  2. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  4. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. St. Louis
  5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  6. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
  7. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Carolina Read more

Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Week 12 has arrived and with no byes your lineup decisions are going to be tougher than ever, especially with more pressure as a lot of teams are in must win situations with the fantasy playoffs looming. With these things in mind here is how I rank the top 50 wide receivers for this week:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. New Orleans
  2. Odell Bekcham Jr – New York Giants @ Washington
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Seattle
  5. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia
  6. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego
  7. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Indianapolis
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco Read more

Getting To Know Javorius “Buck” Allen, The Top Waiver Wire Target For Week 12

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Justin Forsett suffering a broken arm in Week 11 the Ravens are primed to hand their lead back duties over to Javorius Allen.  He certainly operated in that role after the injury, compiling 27 touches (22 carries and 5 receptions) for 115 yards.  With both Joe Flacco & Steve Smith also sidelined, there’s every reason to believe that Allen will be the focal point of the offense.  What do we need to know about him as we formulate our expectations?  Let’s get to know the rookie:

1) Allen was a 4th round draft pick out of USC…
He thrived in college, averaging 5.5 YPC (2,306 total yards) and scoring 25 TD on the ground.  He really stepped up in his junior season, taking 276 carries for 1,489 yards and 11 TD.  Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com (click here for the article) highlighted some of his successes in college: Read more

Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The bye weeks have come and gone, giving us a full allotment of quarterbacks to choose from…  Well, barring the injuries that have continued to plague the league (Joe Flacco is the latest to fall victim, as he was lost for the season in Week 11).  Who are the good plays this week?  Who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  2. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Denver
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Houston
  6. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
  7. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
  8. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 11 Fallout: RB Galore (Ware, Coleman & Allen), Terrance Williams & More

by Will Overton

We’re headed into Week 12 and that means no more bye weeks to give owners headaches. You should be working at full capacity, aside from any injuries you may have (and chances are you are dealing with a major one at this point). This should be a welcome relief to owners, but it shouldn’t make you feel safe.  There are only a few weeks left in the fantasy regular season. There are injuries you need to maneuver around and I’ll bet you still own some underachievers. You don’t want to take your foot off the gas now.

With that in mind, let’s continue looking at the waiver wire and breaking down the most popular/best adds for the coming week:

Kirk Cousins – QB, Washington Redskins: A couple of weeks ago I touted Cousins as a streaming quarterback option, and I will bet on him again this week. He is currently owned in 28% of leagues and it’ll probably be a lot less now after he had a bit of a stinker against the Carolina Panthers. Let that work into your favor and snatch him up for another prime matchup, this time against the New York Giants. Read more