Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Latavius Murray, Corey Clement, Josh Gordon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 2′s Sunday action 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:

 

Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – Wide Receiver
Listed as questionable, there are a lot of factors working against using Gordon this week:

  1. In his first week as a Patriot he’s only gotten in limited practices, making you wonder what kind of rapport he’s built or knowledge of the offense he has
  2. Battling a hamstring injury, you have to wonder if he’ll be on a “pitch count” if he does play
  3. The Patriots play on Sunday night, meaning we won’t have clarity until most of the games have already ended

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Week 3: Carson Wentz, Matt Breida, Keelan Cole & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Quarterbacks
Start – Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Kansas City

Russell Wilson was also considered for this spot, though it should be obvious that he’s a must start (shouldn’t it…).  Instead we’ll go with Garoppolo, who has disappointed over the first two weeks completing 55.9% of his passes for 467 yards, 3 TD and 3 INT.  Obviously part of the problem could be attributed to the receiving corps, but he thrived last year with a similar group.  All of his INT also came against the Vikings, who limited him to a 45.5% completion rate.  Things were much better against the Lions (69.2%) and that should continue against the Chiefs. Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

It never fails… Kickers just can’t leave well enough alone as they always seem to find a way to blow the game and miss critical kicks (and it led to multiple teams making changes during the week). Let’s take a shot at finding who at the position will have the potential to return some value this week:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Detroit
  2. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Denver
  3. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at Kansas City
  4. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. New England
  5. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. San Francisco
  6. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tampa Bay
  7. Dan Bailey – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Buffalo Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Looking for the best possible defense each week should be your strategy. However you have to tread carefully, as you don’t want to do it at the risk of the rest of your roster. If you do find yourself with one of the top defenses there is no need to stream, as it will likely hurt you in the long run. With that being said, let’s take a look at how our rankings shake out for this week:

  1. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Buffalo
  2. Houston Texans – vs. New York Giants
  3. Chicago Bears – at Arizona
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
  5. Dallas Cowboys – at Seattle
  6. Los Angeles Rams – vs. LA Chargers
  7. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Denver Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 3 (2018): Sam Darnold, Carlos Hyde, Quincy Enunwa & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky as it is, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

 

Cleveland Browns

Tyrod Taylor – Quarterback
Taylor has had his issues throwing the football this season (52.9% completion percentage), but he’s proven he can offset any deficiencies with his legs.  He’s already run for 103 yards and 1 TD and that’s somewhere that you can beat the Jets (Ryan Tannehill took 8 carries for 55 yards in Week 2).  That keeps him on radars for those in two-quarterback formats, but without Josh Gordon does anyone feel comfortable trusting him in shallower formats? Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

It’s Week 3 and it will be the last week for quite some time that we’ll see 16 games on the schedule. The injuries are starting to pile up and the questionable tags are everywhere, but we’ll do our best to navigate that minefield and breakdown our best guess at who is playing and how they rank in our Top 50 Wide Receivers for the week:

  1. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints at Atlanta
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
  3. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay
  4. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. NY Giants
  5. Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants at Houston
  6. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco
  7. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that tight end can be among the most frustrating position, with players rising out of nowhere for a week or two at a time only to quickly disappear.  So who of the early season surges can we actually trust?  Who should we be ignoring?  Let’s try to answer that and all the other questions with our Week 3 rankings:

  1. Zack Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Detroit
  3. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. San Francisco
  4. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Green Bay
  5. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Buffalo
  6. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Houston
  7. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Kansas City Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Another week and more questions… Of course we have elite options, but there are also tough decisions to made. Let’s not waste any time and jump right into our rankings as we try to decipher who can be trusted and who carries far too much risk to depend on:

  1. Todd Gurley – LA Rams – vs. LA Chargers
  2. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  3. Saquon Barkley – New York Giants – at Houston
  4. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Seattle
  5. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. San Francisco
  6. Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Buffalo
  8. James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tampa Bay Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is It Time To Trust Phillip Lindsay?

 

Talk about a frustrating situation for those who invested heavily in Freeman on draft day.  While his lack of snaps was game flow dependent, it’s clear that he’s not going to assume leadership of the backfield as expected.  In fact he’s been out touched and outproduced by Lindsay over the first two weeks:

  • Phillip Lindsay – 29 carries for 178 yards (6.1 YPC)
  • Royce Freeman – 23 carries for 99 yards (4.3 YPC)

Freeman does have a rushing touchdown, and with Lindsay listed at 5’8″ and 190 lbs. you would think that the former would operate as the goal line/short yardage back.  At the same time, if he’s reduced to more of a TD vulture is he going to carry significant value? Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With two weeks of data it’s impossible to say the picture is crystal clear, but we are definitely starting to gain clarity.  Whether it’s how good a quarterback and their offense is or if it’s which defense you want to try and capitalize on, the decisions are getting a little bit easier.  Of course injuries, and the subsequent, return to health blur the lines.  Who are the quarterbacks to trust in Week 3?  Who should we shy away from?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Detroit
  2. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. San Francisco
  3. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tampa Bay
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Washington
  6. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Buffalo
  7. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Dallas Read more