Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

I’m not even going to try and rationalize what goes on at the kicker position anymore. Mason Crosby did redeem himself heading into the bye week, and with four teams enjoying a week off this is your friendly reminder not to roster more than one kicker. Bench spots are simply too valuable for that. With that being said, let’s jump right into our rankings:

  1. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Buffalo
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Chicago
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New Orleans
  4. Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – at San Francisco
  5. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Wil Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Baltimore
  7. Jason Myers – NY Jets – vs. Minnesota Read more

Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

At this point I think it is time to face some facts. Offense is up… Way up. Now I’m not going to get all statistical on you, but it is just a general observation. Points are a plenty and they are coming at us from all, even unexpected, directions. We aren’t going to overreact instead the process will remain the same, look for trends and match-ups to exploit. The big thing to look for this season is going to be turnovers while accepting the fact that your defense very easily could allow over 20 points without blinking. Let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  2. Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
  3. Cleveland Browns – at Tampa Bay
  4. Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  5. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Denver
  6. Carolina Panthers – at Philadelphia
  7. Buffalo Bills – at Indianapolis Read more

Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are a slew of injuries that need to be monitored as Sunday draws closer, so keep that in mind as you go through these rankings.  Throw in four teams being on bye, meaning owners are without trustworthy options like Antonio Brown, Davante Adams, JuJu Smith-Schuster and more, maneuvering the field is all the more difficult.  Who should we be trusting?  Who brings too much risk?  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand for the coming week:

  1. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Jets
  2. Odell Beckham – New York Giants – at Atlanta
  3. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – at Kansas City
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants
  5. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
  7. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Jets Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 7 (2018): Philip Lindsay, David Johnson, Demaryius Thomas & 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:

 

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum – Quarterback
The Arizona Cardinals have been among the toughest defenses against opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing the 7th fewest points per week and just 6 passing TD (tied for the second fewest in the league).  After a slow start Keenum has played better of late, throwing for 699 yards, 4 TD and 2 INT over his past two games, but is that going to be enough to excite you? Read more

Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

I’m not going to say that things have settled down around the NFL, or at the running back position in particular, and there’s a new wrinkle thrown into the mix for Week 7. For the first three weeks of byes we were eased into things with just two teams resting each week, but for this week there will be four on the sidelines: Green Bay, Oakland, Seattle and Pittsburgh. To make matters a little more stressful there is another game in London, but this time it starts at 9:30 AM so some roster decisions are going to be accelerated. With that being said, let’s jump right into the rankings for this week:

  1. Todd Gurley – LA Rams – at San Francisco
  2. Saquon Barkley – NY Giants – at Atlanta
  3. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  4. Melvin Gordon – LA Chargers – vs. Tennessee
  5. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Baltimore
  6. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Denver
  7. Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals – at Kansas City Read more

Fantasy Fallout: With Devonta Freeman Hitting IR, Is Ito Smith A Must Own Option?

Dan Quinn on Freeman: “It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve. We are hopeful he will be able to return this season, but we will have a better feel for that in the coming weeks.”

— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 16, 2018


Going on the IR means that Freeman will be sidelined for at least 8 weeks, so he won’t be eligible to return before Week 14.  Considering that he won’t be trustworthy initially, especially if the Falcons running game proves capable in his absence and the risk that his number of touches will be a mystery, those in yearly formats can safely move on. Read more

Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While the injuries have mounted to the position fantasy owners got a boost in Week 6, with the surprisingly quick return of O.J. Howard as well as Greg Olsen also getting back onto the field.  With Evan Engram also nearing a return and a few other situations evolving, suddenly tight end doesn’t seem like as much of a black hole.  Where should we be focusing for the current week?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  3. David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – at Tampa Bay
  4. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Chicago
  5. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  6. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Buffalo
  7. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants Read more

Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For the first time this season owners will have to maneuver around four teams being on bye.  While it doesn’t erase all of the significant talent, being without Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson will obviously have an impact.  Who steps up and is ready to deliver?  Who are the options that fantasy owners should avoid?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants
  3. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Chicago
  5. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  6. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Kansas City
  7. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Jets Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 6 (2018): Intriguing Wide Receivers, Running Back Worth Stashing & More

by Will Overton

Another week is nearly in the books with just the Monday Night game to go tonight. Once again the waiver wire material is dominated by the wide receiver position, with teams airing it out more and more. That said, we do still have a couple running backs to break down and a tight end you don’t want to miss out on. Let’s get to work breaking down all the top names of the week:

 

Marlon Mack, RB – Indianapolis Colts
For just the second time this season Mack was able to suit up and play for the Colts. With Indianapolis down early and playing catch up, Mack didn’t get a ton of carries but he was clearly the lead back on the ground. He carried the ball 12 times for an impressive 89 yards, adding one catch for four yards. The Colts have a bevy of running backs to choose from which makes things tough, but it seems like a healthy Mack has a big leg up on getting carries. So even if he loses out on third down work to Nyheim Hines he has some value as what looks like the lead back. Read more

The Ditch List: Is It Time To Move On From These Disappointing Performers (Derrick Henry & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to make a hasty decision when it comes to your fantasy football team, since the season feels more like a sprint than a marathon.  How long do you stay patient?  Is it time to cut bait and move on?  Let’s take a look at a few of the standout players who you may be considering cutting:

 

Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – Running Back
Remember when there was optimism about the Titans’ Derrick Henry, when we knew DeMarco Murray was going to be heading elsewhere in the offseason?  It didn’t last too long, as the team imported Dion Lewis to complement him (instead of giving him the opportunity to carry the load).  Through six weeks that’s exactly what it’s been, as the two have seen a relatively even split in terms of touches: Read more