Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

The bye weeks are over, but the injuries have not stopped nor do they appear to be any time soon. Just to make matters a little more stressful, there are three games kicking off on Thursday complicating decisions a little bit. While it will be enjoyable to have a triple-header of football to watch along with your turkey feast, some roster decisions are going to have to be made a little sooner than you might like to. With that in mind let’s jump into the rankings:

  1. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
  2. Todd Gurley – St. Louis – at Cincinnati
  3. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
  4. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Indianapolis
  5. T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
  6. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  7. Thomas Rawls – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Pittsburgh
  8. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – at Kansas City Read more

Deep League Waiver Worthy: Does The Bears’ David Fales Belong On Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier this week the Bears promoted former sixth round draft pick David Fales from their practice squad, making him the backup behind Jay Cutler. Given Cutler’s injury history and the fact that it’s a lost season the move should not fly under-the-radar (especially for those in two-quarterback formats). There’s a chance Fales gets a look, at some point, so what could he provide?

The junior college transfer had two highly impressive seasons at San Jose State:

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Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries continue to be a significant issue across the league, with tight end being no different.  Jordan Reed may or may not be ready to play, though signs seem to be pointing in his favor (which is why he’s included on the list).  We’ve been waiting weeks for Austin Seferian-Jenkins to return, but it just hasn’t happened yet (he’ll be usable when he does, but at this point we can’t bank on it).  Of course injuries aren’t the only issue, so let’s take a look at how things currently shake out for the coming week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
  2. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  4. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. St. Louis
  5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  6. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
  7. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Carolina Read more

Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Week 12 has arrived and with no byes your lineup decisions are going to be tougher than ever, especially with more pressure as a lot of teams are in must win situations with the fantasy playoffs looming. With these things in mind here is how I rank the top 50 wide receivers for this week:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. New Orleans
  2. Odell Bekcham Jr – New York Giants @ Washington
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Seattle
  5. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia
  6. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego
  7. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Indianapolis
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco Read more

Getting To Know Javorius “Buck” Allen, The Top Waiver Wire Target For Week 12

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Justin Forsett suffering a broken arm in Week 11 the Ravens are primed to hand their lead back duties over to Javorius Allen.  He certainly operated in that role after the injury, compiling 27 touches (22 carries and 5 receptions) for 115 yards.  With both Joe Flacco & Steve Smith also sidelined, there’s every reason to believe that Allen will be the focal point of the offense.  What do we need to know about him as we formulate our expectations?  Let’s get to know the rookie:

1) Allen was a 4th round draft pick out of USC…
He thrived in college, averaging 5.5 YPC (2,306 total yards) and scoring 25 TD on the ground.  He really stepped up in his junior season, taking 276 carries for 1,489 yards and 11 TD.  Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com (click here for the article) highlighted some of his successes in college: Read more

Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The bye weeks have come and gone, giving us a full allotment of quarterbacks to choose from…  Well, barring the injuries that have continued to plague the league (Joe Flacco is the latest to fall victim, as he was lost for the season in Week 11).  Who are the good plays this week?  Who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  2. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Denver
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Houston
  6. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
  7. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
  8. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 11 Fallout: RB Galore (Ware, Coleman & Allen), Terrance Williams & More

by Will Overton

We’re headed into Week 12 and that means no more bye weeks to give owners headaches. You should be working at full capacity, aside from any injuries you may have (and chances are you are dealing with a major one at this point). This should be a welcome relief to owners, but it shouldn’t make you feel safe.  There are only a few weeks left in the fantasy regular season. There are injuries you need to maneuver around and I’ll bet you still own some underachievers. You don’t want to take your foot off the gas now.

With that in mind, let’s continue looking at the waiver wire and breaking down the most popular/best adds for the coming week:

Kirk Cousins – QB, Washington Redskins: A couple of weeks ago I touted Cousins as a streaming quarterback option, and I will bet on him again this week. He is currently owned in 28% of leagues and it’ll probably be a lot less now after he had a bit of a stinker against the Carolina Panthers. Let that work into your favor and snatch him up for another prime matchup, this time against the New York Giants. Read more

The Drop List: Four Players We Are Ready To Move On From (D. Parker & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

In order to be active on the waiver wire you have to be willing to cut bait on someone sitting on your bench.  Sometimes that decision is easy, but that’s not always the case.  Here are four players who had been viewed as potential contributors this season that we’d be willing to move on from at this point:


DeVante Parker – Wide Receiver – Miami Dolphins
The highly touted rookie has been a complete non-factor this season, totaling 4 receptions for 49 yards on 8 targets (he didn’t register a single target in Week 11).  He’s battled a foot injury all season and also has a deep receiving corps ahead of him that includes Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Rishard Matthews. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Darren McFadden, Marshawn Lynch, Emmanuel Sanders & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 11 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:


Darren McFadden – Running Back – Dallas Cowboys
According to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News (click here for the article):

Although McFadden has received the majority of the team’s carries the last four games, his workload could be reduced in what will likely be wet conditions at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.”

McFadden is listed as questionable with a strained groin but is fully expected to play.  There are a few reasons why it makes sense to speculate that McFadden, who has averaged 23.25 carries over the past four games, will see a drop in touches: Read more

Buy Low Candidates: Three Players We’d Be Targeting (Ameer Abdullah & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last week we took a look at a few potential players that we’d be looking to sell high on.  How about the flipside, though?  Who would we be looking to target as a potential buy low option?  Let’s take a look:


Demaryius Thomas – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos
He’s been disappointing, to an extent, all season (68 receptions, 816 yards, 1 TD) and has lost Peyton Manning at quarterback, so why would we be looking at him as a buy option?  There are actually a lot of things working in his favor:

  • You could argue that Brock Osweiler is a better fit for the offense (some have made this argument, especially with how poorly Manning has played this season), but regardless it all comes down to Thomas finding the end zone
  • The opportunities have been there (103 targets, fifth most in the league) and are going to continue to be, especially with the running game struggling to establish itself Read more