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Moving Targets Week 9: Who Saw A Big Increase In Targets Last Week & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

This week we have a six team bye week, and that means that you may be able to “target” some playmakers yourself in shallow leagues. In leagues with short benches, owners will have to drop some inactive players just to field a full lineup, and you can then swoop in and grab them to improve your roster. My advice? Look for players whose targets are on the rise but are still viewed as second tier receivers or backs.

To do that, you will need to look at a larger sample than I have been presenting in these articles (mostly due to space concerns), but I am willing to provide those readers who want to dig deeper into the target information with but a request. What I mean to say is, should you want to look at my spreadsheet for all targeted players, just drop me a note at the e-mail address below and I will send it your way. Just be advised, I am in Scottsdale this weekend for a fantasy seminar and some Arizona Fall League baseball, so give me some time to turn around your request.

This week I raised the bar a tad and am showing the Top 68 players, mostly because I wanted to get the final couple of tight ends on the chart. On to this week’s target chart: Read more

Dissecting Indianapolis’ Wide Receivers: Should We Buy Donte Moncrief & Ignore Hakeem Nicks?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last week it looked like Hakeem Nicks would finally get an opportunity to turn things around, with Reggie Wayne missing the game.  He certainly didn’t lack for playing time:

Of course, you then look at the target breakdown from the game:

  • Donte Moncrief – 12
  • T.Y. Hilton – 10
  • Hakeem Nicks – 6
  • Griff Whalen – 3 Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Vincent Jackson Worth Targeting?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The rumors of a Vincent Jackson trade were likely music to fantasy owners’ ears, but ultimately it wasn’t to be. Instead he stayed in Tampa Bay, where his production this season has been underwhelming (at best).

Despite being target 65 times (second highest on the team is Mike Evans at 43), Jackson has just 26 receptions, 357 yards and 2 TD. It’s easy to try and put all the blame on quarterback play, but let’s look at the completion percentages:

  • Buccaneers QB overall – 59.8%
  • On throws to Vincent Jackson – 40.0%
  • On throws to all other players – 67.6% Read more

Five Things We Learned From Thursday Night: Mark Ingram’s Outlook, Kenny Stills’ Breakout & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We knew there’s was a risk in utilizing Cam Newton, but he was almost a complete disaster last night throwing for 151 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT, as well as losing a fumble.  Lucky for fantasy owners who used him his night was saved by a rushing TD.

While we still may have questions regarding his outlook, what questions did we get answered for us last night?  Let’s take a look:


1) Is there going to be any value in Carolina’s backfield moving forward?
DeAngelo Williams returned from injury and evenly split the carries with Jonathan Stewart:

  • Williams – 8 carries for 20 yards
  • Stewart – 8 carries for 46 yards Read more

Lineup Decision: Should Cam Newton Be In Your Lineup Tonight?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were high hopes for a rebound for Cam Newton this season, but it hasn’t been the case. A preseason rib injury has certainly played a role in that failure, as has the failure in the running game. The question is, not only if he can turn things around but can he do it tonight against the Saints?

Part of the problem is a lack of weapons. Outside of rookie Kelvin Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen, what do the Panthers have? Jerricho Cotchery? Jason Avant?

Just to make matters a little bit worse for Newton tonight, the Saints have allowed the second fewest points per week to opposing tight ends. Their 28 receptions and 275 yards are second fewest in the league and they are one of six teams to allow just 1 TD. Read more

St. Louis Backfield Blues – What to do about those Rams RB?

by Ray Lin

If you’ve had any of the Rams running backs in fantasy this season, you probably know what it’s like to get Belichick-ed. Pure frustration. This is why in theory, investing in workhorses is so highly recommended come draft time.

I say “in theory” because the assumption was that Zac Stacy did in fact fall under the workhorse category, joining the likes of Marshawn Lynch, Alfred Morris, Matt Forte, etc. Stacy played on 56.3% of the Rams offensive snaps last season, which was actually more than Morris (52.8%) did in Washington.

This season Stacy has been a colossal disappointment, especially at his 2nd round ADP. Undrafted sophomore Benny Cunningham and rookie third-rounder Tre Mason have severely eaten into Stacy’s snaps and carries. A breakdown: Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 9: Giovani Bernard, Colin Kaepernick, DeAndre Hopkins & 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:


Start – Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
The Rams have been atrocious at stopping opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing the fifth most points per week. Even more important, it’s been running quarterbacks that have hurt them most as they’ve allowed the third most rushing yards (197) and are tied for the most rushing touchdowns (3). While Kaepernick hasn’t shown it consistently, nor has he found the end zone, he has rushed for over 50 yards three times this season and we all know what he’s capable of. Just as an added bonus, he torched St. Louis for 343 yards and 3 TD through the air just a few weeks ago. Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The bye weeks definitely play a role in the tight end rankings, but it’s more for the second tier and below.  If you are an owner lucky enough to own one of the premier options, you have no complaints.  Where do the rest of us turn?  Let’s take a look:


  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Miami
  4. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at New England
  5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  6. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
  7. Larry Donnell – New York Giants – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  9. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Minnesota
  10. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Arizona Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 8?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week (they were out of control last week).  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 9:


  1. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
  2. San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  3. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Oakland
  4. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
  5. Cleveland Browns – vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Washington Redskins – at Minnesota
  7. Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
  8. San Diego Chargers – at Miami
  9. Arizona Cardinal – at Dallas
  10. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Washington Read more

Quick Hit: Is Julian Edelman Quickly Falling Off The Fantasy Map?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that the Patriots are hurting a bit at wide receiver, so the snap count (courtesy of Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston) from Week 8 is quite telling:

  • Brandon LaFell – 61
  • Julian Edelman – 45
  • Danny Amendola – 38
  • Brian Tyms – 17

Reiss adds that, “Edelman led all receivers by playing 45 of the first 52 offensives snaps but then was kept on the sidelines for the remainder of the game. The Patriots didn’t announce an in-game injury for Edelman, who had two drops. We’ll see if something shows up on the injury report this week, or if Edelman was just taken out in favor of Amendola and Tyms based on performance or something else.” Read more