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Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 3: Sammy Watkins, Pierre Garcon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 2 is in the books and for many of us it was disappointing, as there was a slew of disappointing performances and injuries.  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:


Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff – Quarterback
Goff has played well over the first two weeks, accumulating 530 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT, though it’s been a tale of two games: Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers: Crabtree Emerging, Sleeper Options & More

by Will Overton

Another week is set to begin and here we are debating who you should play and who you should sit. I am aiming to help you out by giving you my rankings, as with the injuries starting to mount the decisions get a little bit more difficult. Here is how I am seeing it shake out this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit
  3. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay @ Minnesota
  4. A.J. Green – Cincinnati @ Green Bay
  5. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona
  6. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Philadelphia
  7. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City
  8. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Washington Read more

Quick Hit: Who Benefits Most From Greg Olsen Hitting IR>

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Panthers placed their star tight end Greg Olsen on IR, sidelining him for at least the next 8 games. While Ed Dickson will step into his spot in the lineup, he obviously isn’t an ideal replacement and isn’t going to see the bulk of the targets left behind (instead they will likely be spread across the team). You could argue that Kelvin Benjamin will be the biggest benefactor, but he already is going to be owned (this just locks him in as a WR2, at worst). The biggest impact will be felt by Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey, so let’s take a look:


Devin Funchess – Wide Receiver
He finished 1 target behind Benjamin in Week 2, turning 7 targets into 4 receptions and 68 yards. It was a nice performance, but it wasn’t necessarily an efficient one and that’s been a consistent issue. Over his career he’s turned 132 targets into 60 receptions, a 45.5% catch rate. Maybe more opportunities will help him and Cam Newton get onto a better groove, but that’s hard to bank on. Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends: A Surprising #1 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end is always a frustrating position and this season is no different.  We’ve seen some good performances and we’ve seen some bad ones, the question is who can we trust on a weekly basis (or if we are better off streaming the spot)?  There are some good choices this week, and also some who you may want to steer clear from.  Let’s take a look at how things currently shake out:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  3. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  4. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Oakland
  5. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  6. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  7. Martellus Bennett – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cincinnati
  8. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland Read more

Quick Hit: Why Seattle’s Backfield Remains Undefined (aka Tap The Breaks On Carson)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After watching Chris Carson carry the load (and do so impressively, with 20 carries for 93 yards) for the Seahawks in their hard fought Week 2 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, the easy conclusion would be that Seattle has found a new starting running back.  However things are not quite so cut and dry, as Thomas Rawls was seeing his first game action after being sidelined with a sprained ankle.

You knew that Rawls may have been limited, and that’s exactly what happened.  Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times (click here for the article) published the following quote from head coach Pete Carroll after the game:

“We were not going to overwork him,’’ Carroll said. “That was really clear. I didn’t know if it would be only five or six (carries). I wasn’t worried about that part. I just wanted to see how it went, and just get him playing football again and he got back out.’’ Read more

Streaming Defenses (2016): Week 3: Which Offense Do We Want To Exploit?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Things are constantly changing in the NFL, and what we knew at the time of our drafts is already “out of date” and irrelevant three weeks into the season though we are starting to get a grasp of the offenses we should look to pick on.  With that in mind, which defenses that were likely ignored on draft day are worth considering for Week 3?  Let’s take a look:


Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
As has been the case over the first two weeks, this is mostly about the inept Jets’ offense as opposed to any upside in the defense.  The Jets have been as bad as advertised over the first two weeks, averaging the third fewest yards per game (242.5) and failing to utilize what should be their best weapon (Bilal Powell). Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks: Surprising Top 10 Options & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The first two weeks of the season are in the books and we are slowly gaining some clarity to situations throughout the league.  While the elite are pretty obvious, there are some intriguing names who are proving to be viable options (like Alex Smith).  There are also some who we thought would be trustworthy who are quickly proving to be unusable in shallower formats (like Russell Wilson).  Who should we be using, who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look at how the rankings currently look:


  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cincinnati
  4. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Washington
  5. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Atlanta
  7. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Chicago
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Minnesota Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: How To Proceed With Some Disappointing Running Backs

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to cut bait on a slumping player, and those struggles get magnified when they come at the beginning of the season and the statistics are so apparent.  Knee jerk reactions could ultimately cost you, though, so you want to be careful with your quick trigger finger.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few slow starters and try to determine if we should be cutting bait and holding out hope:


Bilal Powell – New York Jets – Running Back
The expectation was that Powell would be the centerpiece of the Jets’ offense, considering the lack of talent overall.  However that simply hasn’t been the case, and this tweet from Brian Costello speaks volumes: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 2: Carson Emerges In Seattle, WR To Target & More

by Will Overton

Another week is almost in the books and it was a fun one, with a lot more real fantasy points scored. If you happen to be staring at 0 – 2 you may be feeling a little desperate, or at least like you need to shake things up, though you don’t want to do something too irrational and hopefully I can help you decide who to grab and who to pass on.

Just for reference as we go along this season I try not to mention the same guys every week, which is why you won’t find Buck Allen on my list even though he is a must own right now. I also try to avoid guys owned in more than 25% of leagues, which is why you won’t see Marqise Lee.

So without further explanation, let’s get to breaking down this week’s waiver targets:

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Jordan Howard, Odell Beckham, Stefon Diggs & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 2 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:


Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears – Running Back
Battling a shoulder injury Howard has been limited in practice this past week and that has led to speculation that he could face a decline in playing time.  Considering the emergence of Tarik Cohen in Week 1, as well as what could be a tough Tampa Bay front to run against (they added DT Chris Baker in the offseason), and the game flow could easily help to limit Howard though if you were concerned about him sitting all together don’t be: Read more