Sleeper Spotlight: Can Austin Hooper Emerge As A Viable TE1 In 2017?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Like most rookie tight ends, Austin Hooper made little impact in his first NFL season.  Playing in 14 games for the Falcons (starting 3) he turned 27 targets into 19 catches, 271 yards and 3 TD.  A third round pick, it would be easy to ignore him expecting a similarly minuscule role in the offense for his sophomore season.

That said Hooper is putting in the effort to take a significant step forward in his second year.  According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure (click here for the article):

Although Hooper’s play stood out this offseason, he was far from content. So the Northern California native recently joined Ryan for three days of workouts in Southern California, a routine Ryan started last season while connecting with the experts at 3DQB training. Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks: Potential Missed Time Brings Significant Impact

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know about the injury to Andrew Luck, which is looking more and more likely to keep him out for at least Week 1 of the regular season.  However he’s not alone, as a few other quarterbacks have questions hanging over them.  How have things been impacted on our rankings?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (1)
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots (2)
  3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (3)
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (4)
  5. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (5)
  6. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (7)
  7. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (6)
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8) Read more

2017 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses: Will The Houston Texans Be Among The Elite?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Picking a defense for your fantasy squad is often overlooked, but making the right selection could make a big difference in your fantasy success.  That’s not to say that they are as valuable as your star running back or wide receiver, but there are plenty of examples of a defense winning you a week.  Who are the best defenses heading into the season?  Who should we ignore?  Let’s take a look at how things currently rank:

  1. Denver Broncos
  2. Kansas City Chiefs
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. Houston Texans
  5. Minnesota Vikings
  6. Arizona Cardinals
  7. New England Patriots
  8. New York Giants Read more

Fantasy Football Stock Report: WR Edition: Devante Parker On The Rise & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that it doesn’t take much for a player’s value to increase or decrease as we head towards fantasy drafts.  It only takes a rumor or innuendo, or a minor injury that causes missed time, to send someone’s value spiraling in either direction.  Let’s take a look at a few players whose value has changed over the past few days for various reasons:

 

Davante Parker – Wide Receiver – Miami Dolphins
Stock – Rising

After Thursday’s preseason game Jay Cutler was quoted by Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald (click here for the article) as saying this in regards to his new weapon, DaVante Parker:

“I think he’s kind of a faster Alshon, a little bit,” Cutler said. “He’s got a lot of range. Back-shoulder, over the top. He’s got great hands. And he can burn you up if you get [stuck] flat-footed.” Read more

Despite The News, Don’t Sleep On Washington’s Samaje Perine

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For those hoping that fourth round pick Samaje Perine would emerge as the lead back in Washington, by all reports there’s little chance of it happening.  Obviously there was reason for optimism after the draft, as Perine was coming off three consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons at Oklahoma while also operating as a TD machine (49 rushing TD over three years).

Incumbent Rob Kelley also didn’t show much in his rookie season, averaging a mere 4.2 yards per carry as he took 168 carries for 704 yards.  It all seemed to come together perfectly, but it just hasn’t worked out that way.

According to John Keim of ESPN (click here for the article): Read more

Fantasy Football Stock Report: Breshad Perriman Losing Appeal & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that it doesn’t take much for a player’s value to increase or decrease as we head towards fantasy drafts.  It only takes a rumor or innuendo, or a minor injury that causes missed time, to send someone’s value spiraling in either direction.  Let’s take a look at a few players whose value has changed over the past few days for various reasons:

 

Zack Ertz – Tight End – Philadelphia Eagles
Stock – Rising

Ertz was always a Rotoprofessor favorite, and with the trade of Jordan Matthews the chance of him seeing a high volume of opportunities only grows.  While many are pointing to Nelson Agholer as being the beneficiary of the increased looks, and it’s fair considering Ertz is already one of the most targeted tight ends in the NFL (he was one of only six tight ends to have 100+ targets in ’16), you can’t argue the rapport that he has developed with Carson Wentz.  Read more

Sleeper Spotlight: Will The Lions’ Kenny Golladay Make An Instant Impact?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Lions currently have Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and TJ Jones sitting atop their depth chart, but third round pick Kenny Golladay has been garnering significant attention.  While it’s hard to imagine him taking over one of the Top 2 spots, is it really a stretch to see him overtake Jones?

Expectations are quickly rising, given his size, speed and performance early on (he scored a pair of TD in the team’s first preseason game).  Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (click here for the article) sees him playing an immediate role.  Just look at how he described him recently:

At 6-4 and 213 pounds, Golladay is the biggest and one of the fastest receivers on the Lions’ roster. He’s shown a knack for knowing how to use his body at this early point of his NFL career.  Read more

Sleeper Spotlight: Could De’Angelo Henderson Emerge In Denver’s Crowded Backfield?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are some big names in the Denver backfield, including C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles and Stevan Ridley (as well as Devontae Booker and Bernard Pierce), but that doesn’t mean that a sleeper can’t emerge and steal the spotlight.  Enter sixth round pick De’Angelo Henderson, whose performance in the preseason opener is garnering ample attention.

In that game Henderson rushed 7 times for 54 yards and a TD, showing the skills that elicited this scouting report from NFL.com prior to the draft:

“Henderson is built low to the ground with the balance and power in his lower half to fight forward for additional yardage after contact. His courage, burst, and one-cut ability should appeal to zone-scheme teams while his pass catching and willingness to block gives him a chance to compete for a role on third downs. Henderson had prolific production throughout high school and college and plays with the mindset and confidence of a future pro. He’s undersized but has the skill to compete for a spot on an NFL roster right away.” Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends: Injuries Already Shaking Up The Rankings & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end remains one of the more frustrating positions to fill, as options tend to rise and fall without warning.  If you don’t have one of the truly elite options you could be digging for an option consistently.  So who are the players we want to target?  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand given the recent news:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots (1)
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs (2)
  3. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers (3)
  4. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks (9)
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins (4)
  6. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles (5)
  7. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals (6)
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans (7) Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks: The Fallout From Andrew Luck’s Injury & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are obviously still lacking some certainty in regards to Andrew Luck’s availability for Week 1, but the fact that there’s any doubt certainly sends him trending down our rankings.  That’s not the only change, though, as Buffalo’s trades had an impact on Tyrod Taylor’s outlook, Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension puts more pressure on Dak Prescott and more.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (1)
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots (2)
  3. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (3)
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (4)
  5. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (6)
  6. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (5)
  7. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders (7)
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8) Read more