Waiver Worthy: Week 12 Fallout: LaGarrette Blount, John Brown and More

by Will Overton

We’re headed into week 13 of the season which in many leagues will be the final week before the fantasy playoffs get started. I know there are a lot of teams out there still fighting for a playoff spot and getting a win this week is a must.

In a perfect world your team is set with there being no bye weeks at this point. This isn’t a perfect world though and bad matchups, under performers and injuries happen which means teams still need to use the waiver wire.

With the importance of taking things one week at a time we’re putting a special emphasis in this week’s column on this week’s matchups. Here are five guys who could be nice plays based on their matchups: Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Lamar Miller, Giovani Bernard, Alfred Blue & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 12 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

Trent Richardson – Running Back – Indianapolis Colts
Ahmad Bradshaw has been lost for the season to a broken leg, leaving Richardson as the lead back for Indianapolis. He has averaged 3.4 yards per carry overall and has had 13 total carries over the past two games (including a 6 carry, 0 yard performance against the Patriots).

Of course, the news comes at an ideal time for Richardson who draws the porous Jaguars defense (who are allowing the seventh most points per week to opposing running backs, fourth most over the past two weeks). Richardson also arguably had his best game of the season against them, with 80 total yards and averaging 4.1 YPC. Read more

Moving Targets: Week 12: Bryce Brown, Chris Hogan & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

Finally, the last bye week of the season. We lose our Pittsburgh and Carolina players this week, but I will take that knowing that come Week 13, all our players are available for lineup duty…at least, those that are healthy and have not been released from their teams. This week, the chart below features the top 51 targeted players through Week 11. On to this week’s target chart: Read more

Why Alfred Blue is An RB2

by Ray Kuhn

Yes, it is true. And there, I am done with the rhyming. I will stick with the purpose of this site, and that is to talk about fantasy football.

Things are not looking good for Arian Foster as we enter Week 12, and conversely the outlook for Alfred Blue is very good. Blue’s value this season has been directly tied to Foster’s health, and it appears the rookie running back will have substantial value as a handcuff for at least one more week.

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First Guess: I Think I Ranked Jeremy Hill too Low

by Ray Kuhn

Rankings are an in exact science. Even though that is the truth, should I really be telling you that? I mean after all you use these rankings as at least a starting point for roster decisions.

Sometimes it only takes an hour into the early games for it to become apparent that rankings or roster decisions were wrong. At that point, and then as Sunday turns into Monday, it is pretty easy to second guess where a particular player was ranked.

But this week, I am second guessing my initial ranking of Jeremy Hill on Saturday, before he even takes the field. In retrospect, I have him ranked too low.

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Deep League Prospecting: Is Charles Johnson Worth a Look?

by Ray Kuhn

Teddy Bridgewater needs to throw the ball to someone. I mean, he is the quarterback, so of course he does. And in today’s NFL, quarterbacks must pass the ball in order to move downfield. So am I really saying anything that is groundbreaking?

The answer is a resounding no. That is not the analysis you have to come to RotoProfessor for. Not when fantasy playoff berths are at stake.

But if you are looking for help at wide receiver this week, especially in deep leagues or as a cheap option in DFS, then my question might make a little more sense.

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Stat of the Day: Andre Ellington Couldn’t Get on Track Last Week

by Ray Kuhn

Although I didn’t rank him as such this week, that is also attributable to his match-up in Seattle, Andre Ellington is for all intents and purposes an RB1. However, he has not performed as such in the past two weeks.

But, has Ellington really been worthy of RB1 status at all this season?

Ellington has not rushed for more than 100 yards in a game this season and has five receptions on the season; three rushing, two receiving. In fact, Ellington is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, which includes an average of just 1.75 ypc over the last weeks.

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Josh Gordon is Back

by Ray Kuhn

Did you really think that I wasn’t going to have something this week on Josh Gordon? I mean every other website is, so why not RotoProfessor? Yahoo even declared Tuesday, the day Gordon was no longer officially suspended “Josh Gordon Day”.

And do you know what, all of the attention is warranted. We, or at least every Gordon owner, have only been waiting for this moment for the past 11 weeks. You have every right to be excited. I know I am.

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Buy or Sell: Jonas Gray as a Fantasy Starter?

by Ray Kuhn

Jonas Gray had his best game of the 2014 season while he was on either your league’s waiver wire or someone’s bench. There really is nowhere for Gray to go but down here. But is there anything wrong with that? And what does it mean for his value?

In just his fourth NFL game, Gray had a historical performance on Sunday night against the Colts. Regardless of how high you were on the rookie, you can never predict 201 yards on 38 carries and four touchdowns for any player. That is just impossible. You could argue that there were some signs pointing towards a big day for Gray, but certainly not of this magnitude.

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 12: Start Josh Gordon, Sit Eric Decker and More

by Will Overton

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 – Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Tampa Bay
The Chicago Bears are an absolute mess of a football team so far this season, but through it all Jay Cutler has remained a top 10 – 12 quarterback and his weapons are getting healthy. He’s clearly good enough that he should be torching a bad secondary in Tampa Bay.

Recently we’ve seen a little bit of life from the Tampa defense, but there is still a whole lot of shakiness there. The Bucs also don’t get many interceptions, just eight total this season, which makes me feel a lot better about using Cutler who can be undone by interceptions. Cutler just has so many weapons from his two big receivers to his tight end to Matt Forte out of the backfield, there’s just no way the Bucs can cover all of them. Read more