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Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries and the potential for playoff bound teams to rest their starters makes Week 17 one of the toughest to predict.  For now we are ranking the quarterbacks as if they are going to be utilized as usual, but keep a close eye on the news as that easily may not be the case.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the rankings for the coming week:

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  4. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  6. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  7. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  9. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles Read more

Fantasy Football Coverage Is Not Done Yet!

First of all I wanted to thank everyone for their support over the 2016 NFL season.  We truly appreciate you frequenting Rotoprofessor and valuing our insight/advice.

While things are obviously going to slow down, we aren’t done yet!  If you are in a league that plays through Week 17 not to worry, we will continue running our weekly rankings through the end of the regular season.  So make sure to keep checking back for the latest.

Thanks again for your support and we here at Rotoprofessor would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday season!

Saturday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: A.J. Green, Sammy Watkins, Kenneth Farrow & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 16 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:

 

Sammy Watkins – Wide Receiver – Buffalo Bills
Over the past two weeks Watkins has totaled 10 targets (which he’s turned into 5 catches, 64 yards and 1 TD).  The Bills have clearly eased him back into the mix, so it’s fair to be concerned with how many opportunities he’ll see.  That said the Dolphins have struggled against wide receivers (seventh most points per week over the past four weeks), and the last time Watkins faced them (November 8, 2015) he exploded for 8 catches, 168 yards and 1 TD.  That makes him an intriguing WR3 play, and potentially usable as a WR2 depending on your alternatives. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 16: Ryan Mathews, Jordan Matthews, Eli Manning & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky, 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:

 

New York Giants

Eli Manning – Quarterback
We all know just how good Manning and the Giants offense has the potential to be, but they continue to fall short.  While he has been throwing for TD, which helps, look at the yardage over the past five games:

  • vs. Chicago – 227
  • at Cleveland – 194
  • at Pittsburgh – 195
  • vs. Dallas – 193
  • vs. Detroit – 201 Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the frustrating nature of the tight end position (maybe not quite to the extent of kickers), though as the season has worn on a nice group of dependable options has developed.  Are they going to post a dud on occasion?  Absolutely, but you can say that about anyone.  Now the question is who to trust with your fantasy title on the line.  Let’s take a look:

  1. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  3. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  4. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Chicago
  6. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  7. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Houston
  8. Ladarius Green – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  9. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  10. Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The football season goes by in the blink of an eye, doesn’t it?  It feels like things just got started and now this week marks the championship game for most leagues.  If you are still standing you likely have a steady quarterback, or maybe you have more than one.  Who should you start with your season on the line?  Let’s take a look at our rankings for the week:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  4. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
  7. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  8. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Chicago
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  10. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson, Kenneth Farrow, Alshon Jeffrey & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 15 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:

 

Adrian Peterson – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings
It was a shocking development that Peterson was going to return this week, but now it adds an intriguing twist for fantasy owners.  According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN:

I asked one of Adrian Peterson’s teammates how Peterson looked behind closed doors at practice this week and here’s what he said: “He looked ready to me. Looks like Adrian.”

Given the lengthy absence it remains to be seen exactly how much usage Peterson is going to get this week.  In fact there appears to be significant doubt in regards to his usage this week.  According to Mike Triplett of ESPN (click here for the article): Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 15: Dak Prescott, Brandon Marshall, Doug Martin & 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 – Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New Orleans

After back-to-back strong games, Palmer took a significant step backwards in Week 14 (18-33, 145 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT).  That said he did throw for multiple TD for the fourth straight game (and fifth time in six games).  Last week’s performance also came on the road, where he’s consistently struggled in ’16:

  • Home – 62.6% completion, 2,094 yards, 11 TD, 3 INT
  • Road – 58.5% completion, 1,282 yards, 9 TD, 10 INT

This week he returns home in what should be a shootout with a defense that’s allowed 6 TD vs. 1 INT to opposing QB over the past four weeks.  In other words, fire Palmer up in all formats. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 15: Todd Gurley, Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky, 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:

 

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley – Running Back
Part of the problem is likely the supporting cast, and that’s fair, but regardless of the reason Gurley has taken a massive step backwards from his rookie season.  Just look at the numbers thus far:

  • 2015 – 229 carries, 1,106 yards, 10 TD
  • 2016 – 227 carries, 740 yards, 5 TD Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The evolution of some tight ends around the league continued in Week 14, as players like Travis Kelce, Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz continue to step up and produce.  Considering the players who have been lost (i.e. Rob Gronkowski), it’s certainly a welcome sight.  How do they rank for Week 15?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Washington
  3. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Tennessee
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Baltimore
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
  6. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Dallas
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Kansas City
  9. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles
  10. Ladarius Green – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati Read more