Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 13: Start Denard Robinson, Sit LeGarrette Blount & 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 – Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
He was hyped as a potential breakout candidate heading into the season and, quietly, he’s lived up to it.  His 20 TD places him 11th in the league and his 8 INT are fewer than some of the biggest names in the league.  He’s been even better over the past four weeks, with 963 yards, 9 TD and 2 INT, placing him as the third best QB in the league.  Now you put that against a Jets’ secondary that has allowed the most points to opposing quarterbacks this season?  It’s a no-brainer to have him in your lineup. Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end has become one of the most frustrating positions on a weekly basis, hasn’t it?  You really just never know where the big performance is going to come from (see Tim Wright as an example).  That’s not to say that there aren’t dependable options, but the difference between many of these players is extremely small:

 

  1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Pittsburgh
  2. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Green Bay
  3. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Minnesota
  5. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Baltimore
  6. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
  7. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Houston
  8. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  9. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  10. Larry Donnell – New York Giants – at Jacksonville Read more

Week 13 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 13?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Washington
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Green Bay
  3. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. New England
  4. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  5. Randy Bullock – Houston Texans – vs. Tennessee
  6. Caleb Sturgis – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  7. Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills – vs. Cleveland
  8. Shaun Suisham – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New Orleans
  9. Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals – at Atlanta
  10. Phil Dawson – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 12?  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 13:

 

  1. Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  2. Houston Texans – vs. Tennessee
  3. Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
  4. Buffalo Bills – vs. Cleveland
  5. St. Louis Rams – vs. Oakland
  6. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Carolina
  7. Carolina Panthers – at Minnesota
  8. San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
  9. Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  10. New York Giants – at Jacksonville Read more

Three Wide Receivers I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 13 (Mohamed Sanu & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column).  Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:

 

DeSean Jackson – Washington Redskins
at Indianapolis

Sure Jackson has been more boom than bust this season, but that hasn’t been the case over the past two weeks:

  • vs. Tampa Bay – 4 receptions for 35 yards
  • at San Francisco – 2 receptions for 39 yards Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

At long last the bye weeks are over. Now, for whatever that is worth, the full stable of running backs are available. So as you finalize playoff position, aim for a Week 14 bye or fight to even make the playoffs, let’s take a look at how the running backs rank for this week.

  1. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  2. LeVeon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New Orleans
  3. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  4. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – vs. Tennessee
  5. C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  6. Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens – vs. San Diego
  7. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  8. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
  9. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – vs. New England
  10. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

The bye week part of the season is over now and the fantasy playoffs are right around the corner. This may in fact be your final week before the playoffs start and so setting your lineup with the best players possible is more important than ever. Here is how I see things shaking down at wide receiver this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New Orleans
  2. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia
  3. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Kansas City
  4. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions vs. Chicago
  5. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Tampa Bay
  6. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. New England
  7. Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo
  8. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos @ Kansas City
  9. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati
  10. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers vs. New England
  11. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington
  12. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Jacksonville Read more

Deep League Waiver Worthy: Why Now Is The Time To Grab Antonio Andrews

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was about three weeks ago that we mentioned the Titans’ Antonio Andrews as a potential deep league target (click here for the article).  Since then, amazingly, the Tennessee rushing game may have actually gotten worse.

Bishop Sankey, also a rookie, has been expected to emerge as the lead back with Shonn Greene falling into the background.  Unfortunately it just hasn’t happened.  Maybe Sunday was the tipping point as Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean (click here for the article) gave the team’s rushing attack an “F” saying:

“The Titans continue to do nothing in the run game. Yes, Shonn Greene scored on a two-yard run, and Bishop Sankey had a nifty 13-yard gain. But the Titans managed just 52 rushing yards as a team on a 2.7-yard average and Sankey lost a fumble.” Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 13

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first 12 weeks of the season so you’d think we’d have some insight as to how teams stack up across the NFL (though do we ever truly “know”.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 13?  Let’s take a look:

 

Cleveland Browns
at Buffalo
ESPN – 24.3%, Yahoo! – 35%

Cleveland’s defense has actually been among the best in the league in recent weeks.  They have 11 sacks over their past five games, as well as 8 interceptions.  Overall they have 15 interceptions, behind just San Francisco for the league lead. Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 13 (Marshawn Lynch & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column).  Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:

 

Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
at San Francisco

It’s hard to imagine sitting Lynch, though his value is going to be diminished on Thursday night.  While he’s rushed for nine touchdowns this season, they’ve come in just four games.  Even more interesting, all nine have actually come at home (though that’s more an interesting stat more than something to read into).

In two matchups with the 49ers last season Lynch was less than stellar from a yardage standpoint though his days were saved by TD (he scored a total of 4 TD in the two games): Read more