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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Lamar Miller, Giovani Bernard, Alfred Blue & 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:

 

Trent Richardson – Running Back – Indianapolis Colts
Ahmad Bradshaw has been lost for the season to a broken leg, leaving Richardson as the lead back for Indianapolis. He has averaged 3.4 yards per carry overall and has had 13 total carries over the past two games (including a 6 carry, 0 yard performance against the Patriots).

Of course, the news comes at an ideal time for Richardson who draws the porous Jaguars defense (who are allowing the seventh most points per week to opposing running backs, fourth most over the past two weeks). Richardson also arguably had his best game of the season against them, with 80 total yards and averaging 4.1 YPC. Read more

Moving Targets: Week 12: Bryce Brown, Chris Hogan & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

Finally, the last bye week of the season. We lose our Pittsburgh and Carolina players this week, but I will take that knowing that come Week 13, all our players are available for lineup duty…at least, those that are healthy and have not been released from their teams. This week, the chart below features the top 51 targeted players through Week 11. On to this week’s target chart: Read more

Week 12 (2014) Rankings – Top 25 QB’s

by Ray Kuhn

I think we can all agree that some interesting things happened in Week 11 across the NFL. But in reality, is it really any different from what fantasy owners have been dealing with all season? At this point we have been conditioned to expect the unexpected, but at least the bye weeks are ending. Fantasy owners will be without just two quarterbacks, Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger.

Let’s take a look at how the quarterbacks rank for Week 12:

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Ryan Mathews, Jeremy Hill, Alfred Blue & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 11 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:

 

Alfred Blue – Running Back – Houston Texans
Arian Foster will not play today, despite being listed as questionable on the injury report.  Blue is going to be a well hyped option for this week, but outside of one big game (13 carries for 78 yards) he really has failed to produce overall.  As it is he has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry, but if we take out that performance it tumbles all the way down to 2.8.

Cleveland has been a middle of the road defense against opposing running backs this season, allowing 980 rushing yards and 6 TD.  However, over the past two weeks they are tied for the second fewest points allowed to opposing RB (204 total yards and 0 TD) and over the past four weeks they have allowed the seventh fewest. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Will Kyle Rudolph Provide Value Over The Remainder Of The Season?

by Ray Kuhn

Entering the season, there was a lot of buzz about the tight end position. Sure we all knew how good Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas are and for the most part they have lived up to expectations.  If you decided to wait on tight end, though, the theory was that you would be perfectly fine.  Draft boards were abundantly filled with young, athletic tight ends who had upside. However as we enter Week 11, that has not been the case. Unless you ended up with one of the Tier One options, chances are you have been going week to week.

One of the exciting options to fantasy owners at the beginning of the season was Kyle Rudolph. Instead he failed to live to expectations in the first weeks of the season before being sidelined with a groin injury.  Prior to the injury, his first three games weren’t exactly worthy of starter status with 10 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.

So then, why are we so excited about Rudolph’s return? Read more

Moving Targets: Week 11: Odell Beckham, Tre Mason, Bryce Brown & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

Well, at least we are done with the six team bye weeks. Not that four teams is great, but I take my gifts when and where I can get them. This week, the chart below features the top 51 targeted players through Week 10 mostly because I wanted to get Anthony Gates onto the chart, and as you probably guessed he is the final entry listed below. I also added an additional column with the number of receptions each player has received, so the catch percentage has some more relevance when you peruse the list. On to this week’s target chart: Read more

Which Rookie Tight End Is Worth Buying For the Final Few Weeks Of 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that rookie tight ends are a tough group to trust, but given the uncertainty at the position this season is there any hope for someone to step up down the stretch? Let’s take a look at the three most likely candidates to see if there’s any potential value:

 

Jace Amaro – New York Jets
He leads rookie tight ends in receptions by a healthy margin, with 34, but has just 291 yards and 2 TD to show for it. While he has received at least 5 targets in four of his past five games, a lot of his production came from one monster performance (10 receptions for 68 yards and 1 TD against Denver). He also hasn’t seen his snap count grow considerably, playing 36 snaps or fewer in all but one game this season according to Pro Football Focus. Read more

Five Things We Learned From Thursday Night: Is Miller A RB1, Can Watkins Be Trusted & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Neither quarterback was impressive last night, but did we expect them to be?  Maybe Ryan Tannehill, who wasn’t horrible with 240 yards and 2 TD, though he also lost a fumble and continued to struggle with part of his receiving corps (which we will get to later on).  At this point it’s hard to trust him, outside of deeper two-quarterback formats.

What else did we learn from last night?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Is Bryce Brown the best running back in Buffalo?
With Fred Jackson sidelined Brown shared the backfield for Anthony Dixon and was clearly the better option:

  • Dixon – 10 carries for 35 yards, 2 receptions for 13 yards
  • Brown – 6 carries for 14 yards, 7 receptions for 57 yards Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is There Any Sleeper Appeal In Miami’s Backfield?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one is going to argue that Lamar Miller is the best running back in Miami right now, but does that mean that we can trust him tonight?  People can talk about how he came out of Week 10 without a setback, but he was also hardly used in that game.  With a quick turnaround, there’s really little reason to think that he’s suddenly going to be healthy and utilized as the lead back.

The fact that the team promoted LaMichael James off their practice squad speaks to any concerns Miami has.  Even if he plays (which likely isn’t a guarantee), there’s a good chance that Miller is severely limited once again (according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, he played just 11 snaps this past week). Read more

Which Jacksonville Wide Receiver Is Worth Targeting In Allen Robinson’s Absence?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This week we learned that the Jaguars have lost Allen Robinson for the season with a broken foot. The team leader in receptions (48), targets (81) and yards (548), let’s take a look at the teams other receivers to try and determine if there is value moving forward:

 

Cecil Shorts
He has struggled at times this season, with 33 receptions on 61 targets, but has been better over the past two weeks with 10 receptions on 14 targets. However, he hasn’t scored a touchdown since his first game of the season (9/21) and is primarily utilized as more of a “possession” receiver:

  • Passes Thrown Behind Line of Scrimmage – 8 receptions
  • Passes Thrown 1-10 Yards – 14 receptions
  • Passes Thrown 11-20 Yards – 5 receptions
  • Passes Thrown 21-30 Yards – 1 reception

It’s similar to 2013, when 43 of his 66 receptions were on passes thrown 10 yards or shorter and he scored just 3 TD. That’s not to say that it is dissimilar to Robinson’s usage, but it doesn’t mean that he’s going to be a must use player or dependable option. Read more