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Fantasy Football 2017 – Week 17 & More

First of all I want to thank everyone for their support throughout the year.  It means more to me than you know and we couldn’t do what we do without your support.

For most of us the 2017 fantasy football season is over, so hopefully everyone had a successful run to a championship!  If your league isn’t over yet we are still hear to help, so while we won’t have formal rankings we will be answering any lineup questions you have.  Just comment here and we’ll respond.

Thanks again for a great 2017 and looking for to 2018 and beyond!

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 16: Martavis Bryant, Demarco Murray, Blake Bortles & 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 – Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Francisco

It’s Week 16 and you are preparing to play for your fantasy title.  Five months ago if we had said that Bortles would nearly be a must play option, arguably a better choice than Tom Brady, we would’ve been called certifiable.  Today though?  It’s simply a fact and one that’s clear looking at his performances the past three weeks:

  • vs. Indianapolis – 309 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • vs. Seattle – 268 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • vs. Houston – 326 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end has been one of the more frustrating positions to fill all season long, so why would we expect championship week to be any different?  The return of Greg Olsen has definitely helped add to the depth of trustworthy options, but there continues to be questions up and down the board and with your title hanging in the balance those are further magnified.  Who should we trust?  Who should we ignore?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  3. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Oakland
  4. Eric Engram – New York Giants – at Arizona
  5. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  6. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  7. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Cincinnati Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you are still standing you are likely preparing for your championship game.  The toughest decision is going to be if you stick with the guy that got you here (even if they face some risk) or do you go to the hot hand with the favorable matchup?  All bets are off at this point and you generally simply do what you need to do.  How does that leave our rankings?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Dallas
  3. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Jets
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  5. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  6. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  7. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Francisco Read more

Dynasty Stock Report: Looking At The Long-Term Outlook For Marquise Goodwin & Keelan Cole

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Fantasy owners are always looking to find the next star back, and in dynasty leagues that means grabbing any glimmer we see.  Let’s look at two wide receivers who enjoyed big days in Week 15 to try to determine their outlook for both 2017 and beyond:

 

Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers – Wide Receiver
Over his first four seasons in the NFL Goodwin totaled 49 receptions and 780 yards, though that was while playing for the Buffalo Bills.  Listed at 5’9” and 179 lbs. it would be easy to ignore him, though over the past three games with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback he’s suddenly exploded onto the scene:

  • Week 13 – 8 receptions for 99 yards
  • Week 14 – 6 receptions for 106 yards
  • Week 15 – 10 receptions for 114 yards Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Davis, JuJu Smith-Schuster & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 15′s Sunday action 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:

 

DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – Wide Receiver
Adam Schefter (via Twitter) is reporting:

“Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, questionable for Sunday’s game vs Jaguars due to a toe injury, will play, per source.”

It’s hard to justify sitting Hopkins, though everything appears to be stacking up against him:

  1. He’s clearly not 100%
  2. T.J. Yates taking over at quarterback
  3. Jacksonville has allowed the fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers on the season Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 15: C.J. Anderson, T.Y. Hilton, Demaryius Thomas & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky as it is, 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:

 

Denver Broncos

Must Start:

  • None

 

Possible Start:

  • C.J. Anderson – Running Back – Everyone has been waiting for the Broncos to take a look at Devontae Booker, but instead they have turned back to Anderson (which does make sense, as they try to determine if he’s the long-term answer).  With a 3.9 yards/carry on the season it’s easy to say that he’s not a long-term solution and shouldn’t be considered for this week.  That said the Colts have been terrible against opposing running backs (5th most points per week), and with the opportunities being there he may be able to take advantage.  He’s not a must start, because the team could always turn to Booker, but there’s enough here to at least consider him. Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Outside of Jordan Reed, who we’ve been without for much of the season anyway, it appears like we’ll be all hands on deck at the tight end position.  Considering the instability of many of the options that’s great news with fantasy titles hanging in the balance.  Who should we trust?  Who should we be skeptical about?  Let’s take a look at how the rankings shake out:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  3. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  5. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at San Francisco
  6. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Kansas City Read more

The Ditch List: Week 14 Fallout: Breaking Down Three Players It May Be Time To Cut Bait On

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Not every cut is created equal, and it’s going to depend on your league size/format in many cases.  That said there have been some obviously disappointing starts to the season and in the right circumstance three weeks is enough information to formulate a decision, cut bait and move on.  Let’s take a look at a few candidates that you should consider dropping:

 

Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tight End
After Brate “erupted” for 2 TD in Week 13 people wanted to point towards Jameis Winston’s return as a reason to believe that Brate would once again be the lead tight end.  That outlook changed real quick after Week 14:

  • O.J. Howard – 4 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD (6 targets)
  • Cameron Brate – 1 reception, 11 yards (1 target) Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously the big news coming out of Week 14 was the loss of Carson Wentz, though Josh McCown was also lost for the season.  The potential return of Aaron Rodgers helps, but with many leagues moving into their semifinals the injuries are a significant blow.  Who are the actual good plays?  Is there a solid streaming option to target?  Let’s take a look at the rankings heading into Week 15:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  3. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New England
  4. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Kansas City
  5. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Green Bay
  6. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Arizona
  7. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Jets Read more