Forget Me/Forget Me Not: Can Danny Amendola Bring Value In 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When the Patriots added Danny Amendola prior to the 2013 season fantasy owners were excited. They envisioned Amendola seamlessly sliding into the role vacated by Wes Welker, meaning immediate fantasy stardom.

The problem, as it always has been with Amendola, is his ability to stay healthy. He played 12 games last season, amassing 54 receptions for 633 yards and 2 TD, as Julian Edelman instead stepped up and assumed the role that had Amendola’s name on it.

As he enters Year 2 of his contract, is there any chance that he lives up to what had been hoped for? Read more

Draft Day Decision: Which Packers’ WR Should We Target: Jarrett Boykin vs. Davante Adams

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

You would’ve thought that when the Packers allowed James Jones to walk via free agency, the plan was for Jarrett Boykins to step in behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Could that plan be changing with Davante Adams taking the lead? If not for Week 1, could it be far away?

Let’s take a look at both players to try and determine who is the better draft target:

 

Jarrett Boykin
When injuries struck in 2012 Boykin stepped up and produced, including when Aaron Rodgers was sidelined. You would think that, with a healthy Rodgers and a job his for the taking, we’d be targeting him in all formats.

The numbers were impressive last season, with 49 receptions for 681 yards and 3 TD. However, the reports from camp have not been positive. Read more

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Eight Draft Day Rules That Lead To Fantasy Football Success

by Matthew Gordan

Fantasy football is hard. What? Did you think I was going to say otherwise? Due to the relative ease with which injuries can occur during games (and practices), luck plays a much larger role in winning fantasy football leagues than any other sport. That’s not to say just any Joe Schmo can waltz into a draft and select a championship-level team. Research, along with the temerity to follow your gut, helps you succeed in “winning” the draft.

This article is not about sleepers or breakouts or any other type of player. Rather, I’d like to share with you my keys to leaving the draft with a solid foundation that will help set you up for a fun, winning season. Obviously there are multiple forms a league can take. Between the number of teams and style of stat categories, you will have to figure out how to best apply these opinions to your league.

1) Running backs are top heavy. There are only a few true “workhorse” RBs, players who will accumulate the majority of stats for their team. Most teams these days employ multiple RBs, thereby splitting their production. Passing is at an all-time high. Wide receivers are very deep, and also possess more players capable of breaking out. It may be “old-school,” but I definitely always try to draft a stud RB in the first round. If your league is NOT a points-per-reception league, go ahead and try to snag another top RB in the 2nd round. A realistic goal is to exit the first three rounds with two RBs and one WR. Read more

Why Charles Clay Isn’t More Than A TE2 In All Formats

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Would it surprise you if I said that the Dolphins’ Charles Clay was the 7th best fantasy tight end last season? It probably does, as his performance fell well under the radar for many. Does that make him an obvious top option this season? It’s not quite that cut and dry.

Clay had some big games and some where he was hardly noticed, as unfortunately is common for the majority of the tight ends in the league (outside of the true top options). However, at the end of the day his production was fairly consistent:

  • Games 1-8 – 32 receptions for 363 yards and 3 TD
  • Games 9-16 – 37 receptions for 396 yards and 3 TD

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Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are less than two weeks from the start of the season, meaning this is the prime time for fantasy drafts.  How have our tight end rankings been shaken up given recent news?  Let’s take a look:

1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints (1)
2. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots (10)
3. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns (2)
4. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos (3)
5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers (4)
6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins (5)
7. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers (6)
8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys (8)
9. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles (7)
10. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings (NR) Read more

ADP Analysis: Does The Rookie Running Back Class Bring Draft Day Appeal?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know rookies carry a little bit of a risk to them, regardless of the position.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at where the top rookie running backs are currently being drafted (average ADP courtesy of Fantasy Pros) to try and determine if there is value or not:

 

Bishop Sankey – Tennessee Titans
Current ADP – 60.0

It’s no surprise that Sankey is the first rookie running back coming off the board, as he’s the only one who appeared primed to open the season as the starter. That said, he’s been playing second fiddle to Shonn Greene all preseason and has also had issues with ball security. Read more

Is Matt Prater No Longer Draftable?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com (click here for the article):

“Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse program, multiple team sources confirmed”

We all know that Prater is one of the top kickers in the league, but missing a quarter of the NFL season obviously puts a major dent into his potential production.  What makes matters even worse is that three of the team’s first four games come at home, where Prater obviously benefits from Denver’s thin air.

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Quick Hit: Should We Still Target Wes Welker On Draft Day?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post (click here for the article):

“Welker, 33, left in the second quarter after suffering a concussion by taking a hit to the head from Houston Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger.”

Welker was sidelined for the final three games of 2013 due to sustaining his second concussion of the season.  We all know the concerns regarding concussions and his long-term health has now got to come into play. Read more

Breakout Potential: Is The Colts’ Dwayne Allen Worth Targeting For 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When discussing the weapons the Colts have, it’s easy to forget about tight end Dwayne Allen. That’s what happens when your sophomore season was basically wiped out due to a hip injury that required surgery. Now healthy, he’s primed to enter 2014 and form a 1-2 punch with Coby Fleener.

We consistently talk about how rookie tight ends often don’t produce, but Allen was an exception to the rule. Listed at 6’3″ and 265 lbs., he amassed 45 receptions for 521 yards and 3 TD in his rookie year.  Fleener, who was limited to just 12 games that season, had 26 receptions for 281 yards and 2 TD.

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