Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Wide Receiver Edition: Week 7: Josh Gordon, John Brown & 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:

 

Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – at Chicago
While the production wasn’t necessarily there in Week 6 (5 receptions, 42 yards, 0 TD), the important development was that Gordon’s role in the New England offense was clearly expanding (9 targets, after being targeted 6 times over his first two games). We all know the type of potential he has, and it’s just a matter of when, not if, he finally has his breakout performance.

While the Bears are seen as an emerging defense, they have struggled against opposing wide receivers this season (sixth most points per game allowed). Just look at the performance from Albert Wilson a week ago, who torched them for 6 catches, 155 yards and 2 TD as guidance as to what is possible. Read more

Deep League Sleeper (Week 7): Is Keke Coutee A Better Play Than Will Fuller?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When you think of Houston Texans’ wide receivers the first name that comes to mind will always be DeAndre Hopkins, and rightfully so.  While the expectation was that Will Fuller would operate as the #2 receiver, over the past three weeks he appears to have been overtaken for that role:

  • Keke Coutee – 20 receptions (27 targets), 193 yards, 1 TD
  • Will Fuller – 8 receptions (11 targets), 97 yards, 1 TD

While Fuller has battled a hamstring injury, so has Coutee so it’s tough to use that as an excuse.  It’s also interesting that Fuller’s production has regressed significantly since Coutee made his NFL debut (he missed the first three games with his hamstring injury). Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Running Back Edition: Week 7: Corey Clement, Marlon Mack & 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:

 

Marlon Mack – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Buffalo
Injuries have plagued Mack all season, and while he’s not a factor in the passing game he showed he can be explosive running the football.  Getting 12 carries against the Jets last week he went for 89 yards (7.4 yards/carry).  The question is if he can deliver similar production against Buffalo, especially when the offense has been geared towards a pass heavy approach? Read more

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