Waiver Worthy (Week 6 Aftermath): Chris Ivory, Orleans Darkwa, Brett Hundley & More

by Will Overton

The devastating injuries are piling up and fantasy owners are reeling from it. Desperate times can lead to desperate measures, so before you blindly hit the waiver wire to fill a hole on your team, make sure you read this first. Unfortunately the wire is bit of a wasteland this week despite the injuries. Nonetheless, I will give you my take on all the big names coming out of Week 6 who will be enticing, and I’ll let you know how you should handle each one:

Chris Ivory – RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
With the injury to Leonard Fournette and the success he had in the passing game yesterday, Chris Ivory is bound to be a popular name getting attention this week. Ivory only carried the ball twice on Sunday, but he had nine catches for 74 yards including a TD that featured a pretty nifty run him after the catch. I think Ivory’s success is going to be dependent on Fournette’s recovery from this hip flexor. Ivory is not a third down back, despite his success in the passing game, and I think it’s farfetched to think he can maintain that. With a nice matchup against the Colts coming up, if Ivory is the featured back he could be a nice pickup and play if you need a back for one week. Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 6: Jerick McKinnon, Adrian Peterson, Alvin Kamara & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was another crazy day around the NFL, with the biggest news being the injury to Aaron Rodgers (as well as Jameis Winston, though to a far lesser extent).  What are the biggest things that we learned from the action on the field?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Will we have to downgrade the entire Green Bay offense…
Obviously there is no replacing Aaron Rodgers, who could be lost for the season, but Brett Hundley looked inept when stepping in.  He completed 18 of 33 passes and threw 3 INT, as the offense looked pitiful.  The passing game did little and the running backs had no room to run, with Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery combining for 69 yards on 23 carries. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Samaje Perine, Adam Thielen, Ty Montgomery & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 5 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:

 

Samaje Perine – Washington Redskins – Running Back
Rob Kelley is out, and that leaves Perine to carry the early down work in what should be a favorable matchup against San Francisco.  Obviously Chris Thompson will play a role and the 49ers have been bad against pass catching RB (300 receiving yards, 2 TD), but it’s not like San Francisco has been good against the run itself (528 yards and 3 TD).

We’d feel better about Perine if he had been producing in his rookie season, averaging 3.1 YPC and doing even worse in the games where he had 19+ carries: Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 6: Adrian Peterson, Demaryius Thomas, Derek Carr & 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 – Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Miami

This should be an obvious call, but Ryan threw 5 INT over two games before the bye week and simply hasn’t played like one of the elite (1,109 yards, 5 TD, 5 INT).  Then again the Falcons had the bye week to get healthy, something that can’t be undervalued.  The Dolphins also have yet to register an INT, and they have 10 sacks in their four games (tied for fifth fewest in the league).  Considering Ryan is the same QB who had 38 TD vs. 7 INT a year ago, look for him to have a huge rebound game. Read more

Week 6 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

After a lot of struggles and issues among kickers last season, 2017 has gone smoother. Obviously we are not talking about the situations in San Diego or Tampa Bay, but for the most part we haven’t had too many blow-ups.  Of course that will probably jinx it for this week, but let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Miami
  2. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Chicago
  3. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
  4. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
  5. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Jacksonville
  6. Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco Read more

Week 6 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Here we are for another week of searching for defenses. Thanks to injuries and just poor offensive performances there are options aplenty. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Chicago
  2. Denver Broncos – vs. New York Giants
  3. Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
  4. Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapollis
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona
  6. Atlanta Falcons – vs. Miami Dolphins
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  8. Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota Read more

Week 6 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

The bye week has taken out a few of the top tier wide receivers this week and injury has robbed us of seeing Odell Beckham Jr. again this year, but overall there is still a lot of depth for this week. We have a lot of movers, both up and down, and hopefully we can help you settle some lineup decisions for Week 6:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami
  3. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Cleveland
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona
  5. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota
  6. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit
  7. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers @ Oakland
  8. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 6: Carson Wentz, Devin Funchess, LeGarrette Blount & 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:

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz – Quarterback
Wentz is coming off a big day against the Cardinals, with 4 TD and 304 yards, and has thrown for over 300 yards in three of his five games this season.  That would make him seem like a solid play in all formats, though don’t be so quick.  The Panthers are not an easy matchup, having allowed the ninth fewest passing yards (1,074) and ranking as giving up the 24th fewest points per week to opposing QB.  Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is A New Option Rising From The San Francisco RB “Mess”? (Breida & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Matt Barrows (via Twitter):

Kyle Shanahan says Carlos Hyde is going to be the first running back in games, followed by Matt Breida and the “hot hand” thereafter.

Considering how things played out in Week 5, this news shouldn’t come as a surprise.  All you have to do is look at the numbers and you can tell that’s the approach San Francisco was already taking:

  • Matt Breida – 10 carries for 49 yards, 3 receptions for 22 yards
  • Carlos Hyde – 8 carries for 11 yards, 1 reception for 7 yards

Breida has 19 carries over the past two weeks, though it’s a bit of a surprise that the 49ers have been so willing to replace Hyde.  It’s not like the veteran has been bad in 2017, with 332 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and 2 TD as well as 18 receptions for 95 yards.  It’s also not like he has had ball security issues, fumbling once (Week 4) but it was ultimately recovered by the 49ers. Read more

Week 6 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end continues to be one of the trickier positions on a weekly basis.  Unless you have one of the truly elite options in the league, and even then there’s some risk (considering Rob Gronkowski and his history of health issues), we continue to struggle finding a trustworthy option.  We see someone emerge nearly every week (Ed Dickson in Week 5), while some that we want to trust continue struggling (Hunter Henry).  Who should we be trusting heading into Week 6?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Carolina
  3. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Pittsburgh
  4. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
  5. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona
  6. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
  7. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – vs. New England Read more