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2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (#21-40)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier in the week we started our running back rankings (click here to view #1-20), so who fills out our Top 40?  Let’s take a look:

21. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
22. T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars
23. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
24. Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers
25. Frank Gore – Indianapolis Colts
26. Todd Gurley – St. Louis Rams
27. Joseph Randle – Dallas Cowboys
28. Duke Johnson – Cleveland Browns
29. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Tre Mason – St. Louis Rams
31. C.J. Spiller – New Orleans Saints
32. LeGarrette Blount – New England Patriots Read more

Draft Day Target: Why Duke Johnson Is Worth The Gamble

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last season the Cleveland Browns rotated their running backs, based on their practice performance during the week.  One week it was Isaiah Crowell…  The next it was it was Terrance West…  It was a fantasy nightmare and now the team added Duke Johnson through the draft, just adding another wrinkle.

It’s fair to think that Johnson could quickly rise to the top of the depth chart, considering the performances of the other two last season:

  • Terrance West – 3.9 YPC
  • Isaiah Crowell – 4.1 YPC

It makes sense for the Johnson hype machine to be in full force.  Taken in the third round, NFL.com compared him to Justin Forsett (who was one of the breakout performers a year ago) saying: Read more

Three Late Round Wide Receivers Worth Targeting

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofesso)

Which wide receivers are worth targeting at the tail end of your draft?  There are definitely going to be gambles worth taking, but here are three of our favorites:

 

Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins
Current ADP – 138.5 (WR48)

How quickly we forget how great he was in 2013, with 113 catches for 1,346 yards.  Is he going to be that good?  No, but he also should be better than last year’s 68 catches for 752 yard performance.  He was certainly on pace over the first eight games of the season, before he disappeared in the second half:

  • First 8 Games – 39 catches, 443 yards, 3 TD
  • Final 8 Games – 29 catches, 309 yards, 0 TD Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (#1-20)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are few workhorses left in the NFL, often with “lead” backs playing the first two downs (and in some cases rotating on earlier downs).  That’s not to say that there aren’t tremendous options, but the position is harder to sift through than ever before.  Let’s take a look at how we currently have things ranked for the coming year:

  1. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  3. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
  4. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  5. Arian Foster – Houston Texans
  6. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
  7. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
  8. DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles
  9. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  10. Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Willing To “Reach” For (Latavius Murray & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are always going to be players that some people like more than others.  Which running backs are we seemingly more favorable on than others as we head into draft season?  Let’s take a look at three running backs we’d be willing to “reach” for, compared to where they are currently being drafted:

 

Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders
Rotoprofessor Ranking – 33
Average ADP – 45.3

Why I Like Him – We all saw what he can do, when given an opportunity, turning 82 carries into 424 yards last season (while also catching 17 passes for 143 yards); Lack of competition on the depth chart, with Trent Richardson, Roy Helu & Marcel Reece being the only real alternatives; An improved passing game (thanks to the additions of Amari Cooper and, to a lesser extent, Michael Crabtree) should help to keep defenses honest Read more

Breaking Down The Depth Chart: Is There Value In Minnesota’s Secondary Receivers?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The team added Mike Wallace to operate as their top option and the offense is going to run through Adrian Peterson, but is there a second receiving option worth grabbing? There’s definitely potential, and an obvious favorite, but there is also a bit of risk. It’s not like the team didn’t have the opportunity to grab a starting caliber WR, like DeVante Parker in the first round (who was a college teammate of Teddy Bridgewater), but instead opted to roll mainly with what they had.  Let’s take a look at the candidates and where fantasy owners should be looking:

Charles Johnson
The 6’2″, 215 pound Johnson emerged last season, turning 58 targets into 31 catches for 475 yards and 2 TD. The former seventh round selection out of Grand Valley State certainly has potential. Norv Turner was quoted by ESPN Cleveland (click here for the article) as saying: Read more

Draft Day Decision: Is Lamar Miller A Player To Target Or Is He Destined To Disappoint?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are the Dolphins really committed to Lamar Miller as their lead running back?  Sure the numbers were impressive overall last season, with 1,099 yards and 8 TD, but when you start looking at his usage there are obvious questions/concerns.

When looking at Miller’s upside for the 2015 campaign ESPN recently published (click here for the full article) the following interesting stat:

“Miami’s coaching staff only gave Miller 15 or more carries in six of 16 games last year. He also never hit the 20-carry mark, which is unusual for a 1,000-yard rusher. Miller has durability questions dating to college at the University of Miami.” Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers (#21-40)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last week we looked at the Top 20 Wide Receivers heading into 2015 (click here to view), so let’s continue those rankings and look at the next twenty.  Where is there upside?  Who should we avoid?  Let’s take a look:

21. Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers
22. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles
23. Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins
24. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins
25. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions
26. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals
27. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
28. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Andre Johnson – Indianapolis Colts
30. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins Read more

Breakout or Bust: 2015 Will Be The Year DeAndre Hopkins Truly Arrives

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all have our favorite breakouts from year to year and, heading into 2015 the wide receiver sitting atop my list is DeAndre Hopkins.  Based on last year’s numbers you could argue that he’s already “arrived”:

2014 Statistics:
76 receptions, 1,210 yards, 6 TD

At the same time, everything is slanting in his favor this season.  In fact I’d make the bold prediction that he will produce like a WR1 in 2015.  Why?  Let’s take a look: Read more

Bounce Back or Bust: Will Keenan Allen Return To Prominence In 2015?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It wasn’t the number of receptions the Chargers’ Keenan Allen posted that was disappointing (77), it was his lack of explosiveness. The sophomore saw significant drop in both his yards per catch and TD from his rookie season:

  • 2013 – 14.7 // 8
  • 2014 – 10.2 // 4

Allen posted 319 yards after the catch last season, putting him 49th in the league. In his rookie year he ranked 25th in the league, with 437, so it makes sense that there are two things changing this season:

1) Allen has dropped weight
According to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com (click here for the article):

“Keenan Allen said he’s losing weight in order to play faster once the regular season begins. While the Cal product still had decent production in his second year in the NFL, he struggled shaking loose against the top corners in the league.” Read more