Quarterback “Sleepers” To Target In Two-Quarterback Formats (Carson Palmer & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all view quarterback as a deeper position that you don’t need to reach form, but in two quarterback formats things aren’t so simple.  Yes there are 12-15 “can’t miss” options that you want to target, but after that?  It becomes a bit of a crap shoot, so let’s take a look at three options available late in your draft we should be targeting:

 

Nick Foles – St. Louis Rams
Rotoprofessor QB Rank – 17
ADP – QB26 (165.5)

He moves from Philadelphia to St. Louis, which obviously is a downgrade in both system and surrounding talent.  There are questions as to who the top receiver will ultimately be.  There are questions whether first round pick Todd Gurley, who could easily become the centerpiece of the offense, will be ready for the early portion of the season.  There are questions regarding Foles’ ability to produce in general, after completing just 59.8% of his passes last season. Read more

Draft Day Decisions: Mid-Round Wide Receivers To Target (Michael Floyd & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There’s depth at wide receiver, both at the top of the draft and in the later rounds.  That doesn’t mean that those middle round don’t provide value, though.  Which mid-round options (think in the ADP range of 85-132) are we willing to “reach” for thanks to their upside and potential?  Let’s take a look:

 

Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals
Rotoprofessor Ranking – 60
Average ADP – 91.3

What We Like – Two years removed from a big season (65 receptions, 1,041 yards,5 TD); Carson Palmer’s return to health should give him an opportunity to produce; Aging Larry Fitzgerald “top receiver” (arguably on downside of his career) and little competition for WR2 duties (John Brown); No questioning upside potential to emerge as a WR2 at a WR3/4 price Read more

PPR Sleepers: Running Back Edition: Denard Robinson & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know who the obvious running backs are who gain value when we move to a PPR format, like Shane Vereen or Reggie Bush.  Who are the under-the-radar players to target, though?  Let’s take a look:

 

Dan Herron – Indianapolis Colts
The team added Frank Gore to operate as the lead back, though he’s 32-years old and has caught fewer than 20 passes in three of the past four seasons (including 11 receptions in 2014).  That should open the door for Herron, who proved last season that he can thrive as a receiving option out of the backfield. Read more

Deep League Sleeper: Is Marlon Brown A Sneaky Late Round Pick?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the theory of the third year breakout for wide receivers.  Sometimes it’s accurate and sometimes it isn’t, but at least it helps to put some players on our radar.  One such player is the Ravens’ Marlon Brown, though you could argue that he had a “breakout” of sorts in his rookie season before regressing last year:

  • 2013 – 49 receptions, 524 yards, 7 TD
  • 2014 – 24 receptions, 255 yards, 0 TD

He played in just 14 games each season, so that’s certainly not the issue.  It also wasn’t just one big TD game his rookie year, as the 7 TD were spread across six games.  So what happened?  There may not be one true answer, though the addition of Marc Trestman as the offensive coordinator should certainly help fix the issues. Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (#21-40)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier in the week we started our running back rankings (click here to view #1-20), so who fills out our Top 40?  Let’s take a look:

21. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
22. T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars
23. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
24. Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers
25. Frank Gore – Indianapolis Colts
26. Todd Gurley – St. Louis Rams
27. Joseph Randle – Dallas Cowboys
28. Duke Johnson – Cleveland Browns
29. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Tre Mason – St. Louis Rams
31. C.J. Spiller – New Orleans Saints
32. LeGarrette Blount – New England Patriots Read more

Draft Day Target: Why Duke Johnson Is Worth The Gamble

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last season the Cleveland Browns rotated their running backs, based on their practice performance during the week.  One week it was Isaiah Crowell…  The next it was it was Terrance West…  It was a fantasy nightmare and now the team added Duke Johnson through the draft, just adding another wrinkle.

It’s fair to think that Johnson could quickly rise to the top of the depth chart, considering the performances of the other two last season:

  • Terrance West – 3.9 YPC
  • Isaiah Crowell – 4.1 YPC

It makes sense for the Johnson hype machine to be in full force.  Taken in the third round, NFL.com compared him to Justin Forsett (who was one of the breakout performers a year ago) saying: Read more

Three Late Round Wide Receivers Worth Targeting

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofesso)

Which wide receivers are worth targeting at the tail end of your draft?  There are definitely going to be gambles worth taking, but here are three of our favorites:

 

Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins
Current ADP – 138.5 (WR48)

How quickly we forget how great he was in 2013, with 113 catches for 1,346 yards.  Is he going to be that good?  No, but he also should be better than last year’s 68 catches for 752 yard performance.  He was certainly on pace over the first eight games of the season, before he disappeared in the second half:

  • First 8 Games – 39 catches, 443 yards, 3 TD
  • Final 8 Games – 29 catches, 309 yards, 0 TD Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (#1-20)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are few workhorses left in the NFL, often with “lead” backs playing the first two downs (and in some cases rotating on earlier downs).  That’s not to say that there aren’t tremendous options, but the position is harder to sift through than ever before.  Let’s take a look at how we currently have things ranked for the coming year:

  1. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  3. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
  4. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  5. Arian Foster – Houston Texans
  6. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
  7. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
  8. DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles
  9. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  10. Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Willing To “Reach” For (Latavius Murray & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are always going to be players that some people like more than others.  Which running backs are we seemingly more favorable on than others as we head into draft season?  Let’s take a look at three running backs we’d be willing to “reach” for, compared to where they are currently being drafted:

 

Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders
Rotoprofessor Ranking – 33
Average ADP – 45.3

Why I Like Him – We all saw what he can do, when given an opportunity, turning 82 carries into 424 yards last season (while also catching 17 passes for 143 yards); Lack of competition on the depth chart, with Trent Richardson, Roy Helu & Marcel Reece being the only real alternatives; An improved passing game (thanks to the additions of Amari Cooper and, to a lesser extent, Michael Crabtree) should help to keep defenses honest Read more

Breaking Down The Depth Chart: Is There Value In Minnesota’s Secondary Receivers?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The team added Mike Wallace to operate as their top option and the offense is going to run through Adrian Peterson, but is there a second receiving option worth grabbing? There’s definitely potential, and an obvious favorite, but there is also a bit of risk. It’s not like the team didn’t have the opportunity to grab a starting caliber WR, like DeVante Parker in the first round (who was a college teammate of Teddy Bridgewater), but instead opted to roll mainly with what they had.  Let’s take a look at the candidates and where fantasy owners should be looking:

Charles Johnson
The 6’2″, 215 pound Johnson emerged last season, turning 58 targets into 31 catches for 475 yards and 2 TD. The former seventh round selection out of Grand Valley State certainly has potential. Norv Turner was quoted by ESPN Cleveland (click here for the article) as saying: Read more