Week 16 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 16?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  2. Connor Barth – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  3. Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills – at Oakland
  4. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Tampa Bay
  5. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  6. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  7. Shaun Suisham – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  8. Caleb Sturgis – Miami Dolphins – vs. Minnesota
  9. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  10. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Indianapolis Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 16: Start Fred Jackson, Sit Kerwynn Williams & 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 – at New Orleans
Ryan proved last week that he could perform regardless of if Julio Jones was playing or not, as he threw for 310 yards and 2 TD. He now has three straight games of 300+ yards and four straight of 2+ TD. The Saints offer a favorable matchup, allowing the fourth most points to opposing QB on the season (second most over the past four weeks). Ryan also torched them in Week 1, throwing for 448 yards and 1 TD. With Jones expected to play (though not a guarantee), things look that much more appealing. Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

How frustrating has the tight end position been this season?  Often the “elite” options have even fallen flat costing fantasy owners.  That said, do you really want to shy away from them at this stage to chase a player more likely to fail?  Keep that in mind as we look at the rankings for the coming week:

 

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  2. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  3. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Cleveland
  4. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  5. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  6. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at San Francisco
  7. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  9. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – at Dallas
  10. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Indianapolis Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 15?  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 16:

 

  1. Buffalo Bills – at Oakland
  2. Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  3. New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  4. Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  5. Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  6. New York Giants – at St. Louis
  7. Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
  8. St. Louis Rams – vs. New York Giants
  9. Cleveland Browns – at Carolina
  10. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle Read more

Three Wide Receivers I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 16 (Sammy Watkins & 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:

 

Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals
vs. Seattle

It’s the Seattle Seahawks, do we need any other excuse at this point? All of Arizona’s receivers are impossible to trust, but Fitzgerald is likely the only one you are actually considering using (19 targets over the past two games).  Of course, despite the opportunities he’s totaled 64 yards on 11 receptions.

As if the matchup wasn’t bad enough, at least part of his struggles have been quarterback play. With both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton out, the Cardinals are left with Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas under center. Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

This is the time where titles are won and lost so there is absolutely no time to make any kind of a mistake in your lineup. To make sure you are as informed and prepared as possible going into your playoff matchups we are going to break down the top 50 wide receivers for the week:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions @ Chicago
  2. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City
  3. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Indianapolis
  4. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Tampa Bay
  5. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ St. Louis
  6. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati
  7. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver
  8. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans
  9. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Dallas
  10. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Read more

Week 16 (2014) Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

This is it!  In the majority of leagues, we have reached Championship Sunday. Money and bragging rights are on the line. As we get started, the one problem is that you will have to use some discretion with these rankings and use them as a basis. Injuries are a plenty and, with that, carries are up in the air as well. Everything is fluid, but this is how I see the running back situation shaking out as of right now:

  1. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Indianapolis
  2. LeVeon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  3. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – at Tampa Bay
  4. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
  5. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – vs. Baltimore
  6. C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  7. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  8. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills – at Oakland
  9. Lamar Miller- Miami Dolphins – vs. Minnesota
  10. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 16

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first 15 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 16?  Let’s take a look:

 

Tennessee Titans
at Jacksonville
Yahoo! – 23%, ESPN – 4.7%

The Titans showed what they can do against a lackluster offense this past week, holding the Jets to 16 points. The Jaguars, who are the lowest scoring team in the league, offer a similar opportunity.

Jacksonville has, by far, allowed the most sacks in the league with 62. While it’s not Tennessee’s forte, their 34 is a respectable number putting them in the middle of the pack. They also have 12 INT, another area where Jacksonville has struggled (18). Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 16 (Latavius Murray & 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:

 

Andre Williams – New York Giants
at St. Louis

With Rashad Jennings re-injuring his ankle early in the Giants’ Week 15 matchup, there’s a good chance that he doesn’t even suit up this week (even if he does play, it’s unknown how big of a role he’s going to play).  While Williams had a big Week 14 (24 carries for 131 yards and 1 TD), he took a significant step backwards against the Redskins this past week (18 carries for 44 yards). Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For many of this, this is it.  Who do we trust in the finals?  The truth is if you don’t have one of the elite quarterbacks your season has already ended, so there isn’t much of a decision to be made (unless you are in a two-quarterback format).  Sure there could be some risk in the bigger names (look at Peyton Manning recently), but is anyone really going to sit him down?

That said, let’s take a look at our rankings for the coming week:

 

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Dallas
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Tampa Bay
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  5. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  6. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  7. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  8. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  9. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at San Francisco
  10. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Indianapolis Read more