Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Has Zach Zenner Thrust Himself Onto Fantasy Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When you think of the Detroit Lions’ running backs you immediately come to Joique Bell and Ameer Abdullah, but could a new name be forcing their way into the mix?  Zach Zenner, an undrafted rookie, exploded last night for 85 yards and 1 TD on 8 carries (including a 41 yard run) and suddenly has thrust his name into the conversation.

While there was more attention on him yesterday, coming in the “dress rehearsal” game and seeing him play with the first team offense, but he’s actually been opening eyes all preseason:

  • Week 1 – 13 carries for 55 yards
  • Week 2 – 4 carries for 22 yards

All told he has 162 yards and 1 TD on 25 carries, good for a 6.5 yards/carry.  Matthew Stafford sung his praise after the game, with the following quote coming courtesy of Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press (click here for the article): Read more

Deep League Sleeper: Could The Redskins’ Matt Jones Emerge As A Viable Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Alfred Morris is going to be the Redskins starting running back, at least to open the season.  Of course he’s seen his production decline in each of his first three seasons:

  • 2012 – 1,613 yards, 4.8 YPC
  • 2013 – 1,275 yards, 4.6 YPC
  • 2014 – 1,074 yards, 4.1 YPC

He had some terrible months last season, including a 3.2 YPC in October and 3.3 in December so you have to wonder if a slow start could lead to a change in the backfield?

Enter Matt Jones, a surprising third round draft pick this past season.  He’s been impressing thus far this preseason, while seeing time with the first team offense: Read more

Stock Declining: Rashad Jennings Is Quickly Falling Off Fantasy Maps

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Dan Graziano of ESPN (click here for the article):

“It’s been a good summer for New York Giants running back Andre Williams.  He’s worked hard to shore up the holes in his game, most specifically his ability to catch the ball, and his improvements have led to a significant number of first-team reps in training camp and in the preseason. It’s not out of the question that Williams overtakes Rashad Jennings for the Giants’ starting running back job at some point this season, possibly even at the start.”

Obviously this news is going to make Williams appear more attractive, especially at his current late round ADP (155.2, RB50).  At the same time does anyone really expect him to be “the man” for the Giants?  Jennings is still going to be in the mix…  Shane Vereen is there for passing downs and there’s been talk of more rushing attempts…  And the passing game with Odell Beckham Jr., we all know what that’s capable of… Read more

Draft Day Decision: Does Drafting An Early Round Tight End Make Sense?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end is a position that is often a frustrating one for fantasy owners, though that doesn’t mean that they aren’t willing to reach for the top options.  We all know that Rob Gronkowski, when healthy, is going to be the elite option in the league.  Now in Seattle Jimmy Graham remains at #2 and while Greg Olsen was already third on our list the injury to Kelvin Benjamin cements him in that spot.

The real question is, who’s next and are they worth drafting?  Let’s take a look, by ADP, and try to determine if there is value in the selection or not:

TE 4 – Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
Average ADP – 52.0

He posted 67 catches for 862 yards and 5 TD last season, taking advantage of the pathetic performance of the wide receiving corps.  Sure the team added Jeremy Maclin, but there’s little reason to think that Kelce won’t continue to be among the best receiving threats the team has. Read more

Updated 2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers (#21-40): More Injury/News Fallout

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Yesterday we updated the Top 20 of our Wide Receiver rankings (click here to view), but obviously the fallout of the news/injuries goes beyond that.  Let’s check in and see how the next 20 on our rankings currently sit:

21. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles
22. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins
23. Andre Johnson – Indianapolis Colts
24. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions
25. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
26. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers
27. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins
28. Brian Quick – St. Louis Rams
29. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys
30. Dorial Green-Beckham – Tennessee Titans Read more

Should Eddie Lacy Be Ranked As The Top Running Back In The League?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Prior to the injury to Jordy Nelson we had Eddie Lacy slotted as our fourth running back in non-PPR formats:

  1. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  3. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers

We all know that Bell would be the top option, if it weren’t for the suspension that will cost him the first two games of the season.  That’s still the case, but the question is if Lacy now jumps over him…  And Adrian Peterson…  And Jamaal Charles…  The quick answer is that he does and it’s not because of a dramatic shift in offensive approach. Read more

Updated 2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers (#1-20): Davante Adams Enters Mix

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

First it was Kelvin Benjamin that was lost for the season, now it is Jordy Nelson who was previously ranked #7 (if you want to throw in Kevin White as well, though he was never going to be a WR1).  Unfortunately for fantasy owners the top receiving options in the league are going down quickly.  Luckily it’s a deep position, but there’s obviously been significant change to our rankings.  Let’s take a look:

  1. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
  2. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
  5. Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants
  6. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
  7. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers
  8. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears
  9. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
  10. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans Read more

Two Late Round Running Backs Worth Targeting

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you in an extremely deep fantasy league and are searching for running backs to stash in the tail end of your draft?  Here are a few names that may not even be drafted, but have the potential to emerge as viable options if/when an opportunity arises:

Josh Robinson – Indianapolis Colts
Frank Gore is the top running back for the Colts, but he is 32-years old and certainly has a lot of wear and tear on his body.  It’s not unthinkable that he breaks down, at some point, and that would open the door for an alternative to step up and assume the job.  Conventional wisdom would be Dan Herron stepping in, and that’s certainly the most likely scenario.  However this year’s sixth round draft pick, Josh Robinson has the potential to quickly emerge. Read more

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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Has Bishop Sankey Become A Running Back To Target?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve long had questions regarding Bishop Sankey and his ability to run with the Tennessee Titans running back job.  With both David Cobb & Antonio Andrews waiting in the wings, Sankey is going to need to consistently produce in order to both win the starting job and keep it all season long.  He made a strong case in the second preseason game:

6 carries for 45 yards (7.5 yards/carry)

According to John Glennon of The Tennessean (click here for the article), there were two potential reasons for improvements of Sankey:

Whether Bishop Sankey ran with more determination or the re-shuffled offensive line was much better, the “first-team” running game looked much improved. Sankey said that running backs coach Sylvester Croom emphasized hitting the hole quickly this week, and Sankey appeared to run with more purpose against the Rams.” Read more