Thursday Night Lineup Decision: Should Doug Martin Be In Our Starting Lineup?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

All signs pointed to Doug Martin playing in tonight’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. On Tuesday Greg Auman tweeted:

“Bucs had RB Doug Martin and DE Michael Johnson working with first-string units at practice today. Bodes well for both on Thursday.”

He is listed as questionable on the injury report, and now there are new questions surfacing regarding his availability tonight:

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Week 3 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 2?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week (they were out of control last week).  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 3:

 

  1. New England Patriots – vs. Oakland
  2. Carolina Panthers – vs. Pittsburgh
  3. San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
  4. Houston Texans – at New York Giants
  5. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tennessee
  6. Miami Dolphins – vs. Kansas City
  7. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Denver
  8. Chicago Bears – at New York Jets
  9. Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  10. Buffalo Bills – vs. San Diego Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 3: Tom Brady, Reggie Bush, Sammy Watkins & 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:

 

Quarterback
Start – Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at New York Jets
While there are still some lingering questions regarding the health of Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, there should be no doubt about having Cutler active in your lineup this week. Sure he “only” threw for 176 yards in Week 2, but also had 4 TD and already has six for the season (as well as 515 yards). Plus the Jets are abysmal at stopping the pass, as they have allowed the second most points to opposing QB this season (just behind the Saints). Their secondary is questionable, at best, and Cutler should be able to tear them apart this week as long as his offensive line holds up. Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know tight end has become a deep position, with teams focusing more and more on getting them involved in the offense.  That leaves us with some surprising names on the outside of the Top 12 every week.  Who should we trust?  Who may be a little bit too risky?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Seattle
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Minnesota
  3. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Pittsburgh
  4. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  5. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Buffalo
  6. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Oakland
  7. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Cincinnati
  9. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  10. Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – vs. Kansas City Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kickers are often overlooked, but there are times where they could actually be the difference between winning and losing in a given week.  Who is the best options for Week 3?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Oakland
  2. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – at St. Louis
  3. Shayne Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Minnesota
  4. Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. Pittsburgh
  5. Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tennessee
  6. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  7. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills – vs. San Diego
  9. Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at New Orleans
  10. Cody Parkey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington Read more

Quick Hit: Will Brian Quick Remain A Viable Fantasy Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you envisioned Brian quick emerging as the Rams’ top receiver in 2014 raise your hand. Anyone? For all those who are raising your hands, my guess is you are lying. It was almost impossible to imagine, given the other options, but through two weeks here we are.

The third-year receiver is making the most of his opportunities, and is far ahead of the rest of the other receivers in targets:

  • Brian Quick – 18
  • Jared Cook – 12
  • Lance Kendricks – 7
  • Benjamin Cunningham – 6
  • Chris Givens – 5 Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

After another week of football the running back landscape might have gotten even murkier and confusing. There are injuries, suspensions, time shares and poor performances to be aware of. Let’s take a stab at maneuvering through all the questions and determine how they rank heading into Week 3:

  1. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tennessee
  2. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – at St. Louis
  3. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at New York Giants
  4. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  5. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Carolina
  6. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at NY Jets
  7. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  8. Montee Ball – Denver Broncos – at Seattle
  9. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Denver
  10. Rashad Jennings – New York Giants – vs. Houston Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Injuries are starting to impact the rankings. Guys are questionable and one receiver is out and it effects the rest of the team’s receiving corp. Then there is the impact of a QB getting hurt and what that does to receivers. Lots of stuff to consider at this point, but this is how I see the top 50 shaking down:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay
  2. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Detroit
  3. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears @ NY Jets
  4. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ St. Louis
  5. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Seattle
  7. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Detroit
  8. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans @ NY Giants
  9. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Carolina
  10. Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers @ Buffalo Read more

Quick Hit: Is Ahmad Bradshaw Emerging As A Viable Fantasy Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Over the first two games it’s clear that Ahmad Bradshaw has been the superior running back for the Colts. Last night he had 13 carries for 70 yards, while also adding 5 receptions for 26 yards and 2 TD. That came just a week after picking up 5 receptions for 70 yards (though he was only given three carries on Opening Day).

When healthy there has never been a question about Bradshaw’s ability, either as a runner (career average of 4.6 YPC) or receiver out of the backfield (he’s had as many as 47 receptions in a season). The problem has been his health, but as long as he stays on the field he should continue to be able to put up big numbers. Read more

Streaming Defenses: Week 3

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first two weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 3?  Let’s take a look:

 

Chicago Bears
at New York Jets

Sure the Jets offense looked good, at times, in Week 2 against Green Bay but it’s hardly enough to make them trustworthy. As it is their best receiver, Eric Decker, could easily sit out this week after suffering a hamstring injury. They also struggled to generate any type of a rushing attack, which should be where the Bears are susceptible. However they did a good job of silencing the 49ers on Sunday night and could easily try to force New York to beat them through the air. Read more