Quick Hit: Is Darrin Reaves A Viable Week 5 Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Remember when who was going to get the carries in Carolina’s backfield was in question? Well, to an extent they still are but it’s because the top options have all gone down due to injury. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are all banged up, leaving Darrin Reaves, an undrafted free agent, and a collection of castoffs remaining (though reports today state that Stewart could play).

Reaves figures to get the opportunity to lead the backfield, assuming Stewart is out, over the likes of Fozzy Whitaker & Chris Ogbonnaya. The question facing fantasy owners now is if he could prove to be a viable option against the Chicago Bears.

Panthers’ offensive coordinator Mike Shula was quoted by Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer (click here for the article) as saying: Read more

Week 5 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 5?  Let’s take a look:


  1. Shaun Suisham – Pittsburg Steelers – at Jacksonville
  2. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Houston
  3. Nick Novak – San Diego Chargers – vs. New York Jets
  4. Cody Parkey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. St. Louis
  5. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. Chicago
  7. Alex Henery – Detroit Lions – vs. Buffalo
  8. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore
  9. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Indianapolis
  10. Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 5

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first four weeks of the season and we are starting to get a little bit of clarity (I have to stress “little”) of how teams stack up across the NFL.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 5?  Let’s take a look:


Pittsburgh Steelers
at Jacksonville

As we said last week, streaming a defense against the Jaguars continues to make a lot of sense. With Blake Bortles at QB it’s a little bit riskier, but he is still a rookie who is going to need some time to adjust to the NFL. He threw 2 INT in his first start and saw Cecil Shorts go down with an injury yet again. Read more

Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We continue to wait for some of the true elite tight ends to produce big numbers (like Jordan Cameron and Jason Witten), but the position certainly isn’t lacking for options.  We’ve seen some incredible breakouts already (like Larry Donnell), while others have produced consistently.  No longer a wasteland, let’s take a look at the best options for the coming week:


  1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Arizona
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cleveland
  4. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  5. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – at Tennessee
  6. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
  7. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Carolina
  8. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Chicago
  9. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Houston
  10. Larry Donnell – New York Giants – vs. Atlanta Read more

Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

After a week that saw six teams on bye, which caused a great deal of stress for fantasy owners looking to field a winning a fantasy squad, this week will be a lot easier. Just two teams, the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins, are getting the week off. This means that only one true usable option, Lamar Miller, will not be available to fantasy owners. As another positive note, aside from D’Angelo Williams there were not real injuries this past week making it the least eventful week of the season thus far.

Let’s take a look at how the running backs rank for Week 5.

  1. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Houston
  2. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
  3. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – at New England
  4. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at Carolina
  5. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Francisco
  6. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – at Washington
  7. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  8. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. St. Louis
  9. Rashad Jennings – New York Giants – vs. Atlanta
  10. Matt Asiata – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: Could Tom Brady Return To Fantasy Viability In 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Monday night’s game is just the latest installment of what has been an extremely disappointing 2014 campaign. The question facing fantasy owners is if he is even a viable option in any format, given his age and seemingly inability.

Just look at the numbers this season:

  • No game of more than 249 yards
  • No game of more than 1 TD
  • He’s already fumbled 5 times (he hasn’t had more than 6 in a season since 2006)

He hadn’t been throwing interceptions until the game against the Chiefs, but the other numbers are startling. It’s also not like the Patriots have been facing defensive juggernauts. Read more

Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Many teams have already completed the first 25% of their season, so we are really starting to get an idea of who is in line to have a big season and who could disappoint.  That has led to some names falling outside our Top 12 who no one would’ve expected entering the season.  Who are they?  Who should we trust this week?  Let’s take a look:


  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Arizona
  2. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. New York Jets
  4. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore
  5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Buffalo
  7. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Washington
  8. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New York Giants
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Atlanta Read more

Poll: Which 1st Round RB Is Least Likely To Reach Our Preseason Expectations?

Many NFL teams have reached the end of the first quarter of their season, so we can start to assess who have been the biggest disappointments of the year (and there are a lot of candidates). More specifically, many of the first round running backs have failed to live up to their preseason expectations (and that’s even excluding Adrian Peterson).

While we would expect most of them to ultimately get there (just see Jamaal Charles from last night), but it’s hardly a given.  Let’s see who everyone thinks is least likely to reach our preseason expectations (make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below as well):


Waiver Worthy: Week 4 Fallout: Eli Manning, Jerick McKinnon and More

by Will Overton

Week four is in the books and there were a lot of really interesting performances. We saw more big games from guys who have been featured in this piece before, Eddie Royal and Larry Donnell. We had plenty of big games from new guys too who are unowned in a majority of leagues.

With bye weeks coming into play we are now looking back at the previous week and also looking forward to the coming week as so many waiver wire adds are put in place to fill a hole from a bye week player.

Today we have six guys who are available in a bunch of leagues who either stood out last week or should stand out this week: Read more

Case Of The Dropsies: Three Running Backs To Consider Cutting

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all want to hoard running backs, because productive options are often hard to find on the waiver wire. That said, there comes a point where keeping a guy stashed is more of a wasted roster spot than anything. Here are three players that, depending on your situation and league, you can likely move on from at this point:


Maurice Jones-Drew – Oakland Raiders
He returned to the active roster, but didn’t step back into a starting role.  In fact he had just 2 carries for 1 yard, as well as 2 receptions for 2 yards in Week 4.  While Darren McFadden was hardly impressive (72 total yards), he was the clear leader in the backfield.  At the same time, we continue to wait and see when Latavius Murray is finally going to get an opportunity (or should we say if he’s going to get an opportunity). Read more