Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 13: Cam Newton, Allen Robinson, Tevin Coleman & 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:

 

Quarterbacks
Start – Phillip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tampa Bay

It doesn’t seem to matter who is healthy and who is not, Rivers finds a way to produce each and every week.  With signs pointing towards Tyrell Williams being capable of playing, Rivers’ upside looks that much batter against a Buccaneer defense that has allowed 20 passing TD vs. 9 INT on the season.

Sit – Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Seattle
It’s easy to simply slide Newton into your lineup, given his pedigree and perceived value.  However the numbers haven’t been there this season, as he’s completed just 55.8% of his passes to go along with 13 TD vs. 8 INT (more than 2 TD in a game just once, all the way back in Week 2).  While he often does generate value with his legs, he’s rushed for 13 yards over the past two games.  Throw in the matchup with Seattle, who has allowed the sixth fewest points per game to opposing QB, and Newton is impossible to trust. Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At this point we’ve all learned that kickers can’t be ignored, as the missed extra point epidemic continues to grow.  Which kickers can we trust?  Which have proven to be too risky?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – at Minnesota
  2. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
  3. Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at Jacksonville
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Los Angeles
  5. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Miami
  6. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Jets
  7. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Carolina
  8. Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tampa Bay Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs

by Will Overton

It is week 13, quite possibly the final week of the regular season for many fantasy football players. Unfortunately for some reason the NFL has felt the need to put a couple of bye week teams in the mix, which could really throw a wrench in fantasy teams plans. We’re here to help and we’re giving you our Top 40 Running Backs for this week:

  1. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington
  2. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota
  3. Le’veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. NY Giants
  4. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills @ Oakland
  5. Melvin Gordon – San Diego Chargers  vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco
  7. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Diego
  8. Lamar Miller – Houston Texans @ Green Bay Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 13: Dak Prescott, Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky, 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:

 

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – Quarterback
He’s pretty close to a must use option, but Minnesota has allowed the third fewest points per week to opposing QB this season (though they’ve been a little bit worse of late).  Prescott is also coming off a game where he only attempted 24 passes, throwing for 195 yards and 1 TD.  With Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield there’s always the potential for a run-based attack, and that will help to limit Prescott’s upside.  He’s a QB1, but you can make the argument that he’s not one of the true elite.  Unless you have one of those, you are likely going to be utilizing him however. Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to overlook the defense you utilize, though at the end of the day it could actually make the difference between winning and losing.  Which defense is the best one to utilize for Week 13?  Who could help to ruin your week?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Denver Broncos – at Jacksonville
  2. New England Patriots – vs. Los Angeles
  3. Philadelphia Eagles – at Cincinnati
  4. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Carolina
  5. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Miami
  6. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Washington
  7. Miami Dolphins – at Baltimore
  8. Kansas City Chiefs – at Atlanta Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For now we are leaving Rob Gronkowski off the rankings, as it’s easy to imagine the Patriots sitting him down and waiting for him to be 100% healthy.  Jordan Reed, on the other hand, is a different story as the Redskins need all the help they can get as they battle for a playoff spot.  There’s a chance he plays, so we’ll leave him on the rankings, but have a backup plan in place just in case (and the chance he’s limited does drag him down a bit).  How does everything else look for Week 13?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Seattle
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Atlanta
  3. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Cincinnati
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Arizona
  6. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Carolina
  7. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
  8. C.J. Fiedorowicz – Houston Texans – at Green Bay
  9. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Minnesota
  10. Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – vs. Los Angeles Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

It is week 13, quite possibly the final week of the regular season for many fantasy football players. Unfortunately for some reason the NFL has felt the need to put a couple of bye week teams in the mix, which could really throw a wrench in fantasy teams plans. We’re here to help though, and we’re giving you our Top 50 Wide Receivers for this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. NY Giants
  2. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Diego
  3. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Pittsburgh
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Kansas City
  5. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ NY Jets*
  6. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Houston
  7. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. Buffalo
  8. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It feels like the NFL season just begun, but there’s only five weeks remaining and the fantasy playoffs are almost upon us.  Who can trust with everything hanging in the balance?  Who is simply too risky of an option?  Let’s take a look at how everything shakes out for Week 13:

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Los Angeles
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Houston
  4. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Jets
  5. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Kansas City
  6. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tampa Bay
  7. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Carolina
  8. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Minnesota
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New York Giants
  10. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 12 Fallout: Kenneth Dixon, Malcolm Mitchell, Dontrelle Inman & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Kenneth Dixon – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens employed an even split in terms of carries, and neither of their running backs did much to separate themselves:

  • Kenneth Dixon – 13 carries for 49 yards
  • Terrance West – 13 carries for 48 yards

Both also received 4 targets in the passing game, though Dixon was more productive in that regard (4 receptions for 31 yards).  This was a dramatic increase in carries for Dixon, who hadn’t had more than 9 in a game (which came back on November 6 against the Steelers).  It’s possible the team has finally grown tired of the underachieving West, and if they haven’t yet they should before long. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Sammy Watkins, Wendell Smallwood, Rob Gronkowski & 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:

 

Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills – Wide Receiver
Mike Rodak of ESPN.com recently reported:

Bills OC Anthony Lynn pumped the brakes Friday on Sammy Watkins’ potential role Sunday, saying, “As far as implementing him in the game plan, I don’t know about that yet. We’ll evaluate the tape and we’ll see. … He wasn’t quite 100 percent, and after eight weeks [away], his conditioning is not where it needs to be. So we’ll see.”

Watkins hasn’t played since Week 2 against the New York Jets, so you would have to think that he’s going to be eased back into action.  While he’s going to be an important part of the offense, his snaps will likely be limited and that’s going to cap his upside potential.  With Jacksonville actually allowing the fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks, the outlook gets even bleaker.  Watkins is going to be a tough sell in his first game back. Read more