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Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 7 (2018): Philip Lindsay, David Johnson, 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

Case Keenum – Quarterback
The Arizona Cardinals have been among the toughest defenses against opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing the 7th fewest points per week and just 6 passing TD (tied for the second fewest in the league).  After a slow start Keenum has played better of late, throwing for 699 yards, 4 TD and 2 INT over his past two games, but is that going to be enough to excite you? Read more

Fantasy Fallout: With Devonta Freeman Hitting IR, Is Ito Smith A Must Own Option?

Dan Quinn on Freeman: “It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve. We are hopeful he will be able to return this season, but we will have a better feel for that in the coming weeks.”

— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 16, 2018

Going on the IR means that Freeman will be sidelined for at least 8 weeks, so he won’t be eligible to return before Week 14.  Considering that he won’t be trustworthy initially, especially if the Falcons running game proves capable in his absence and the risk that his number of touches will be a mystery, those in yearly formats can safely move on. Read more

Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While the injuries have mounted to the position fantasy owners got a boost in Week 6, with the surprisingly quick return of O.J. Howard as well as Greg Olsen also getting back onto the field.  With Evan Engram also nearing a return and a few other situations evolving, suddenly tight end doesn’t seem like as much of a black hole.  Where should we be focusing for the current week?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  3. David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – at Tampa Bay
  4. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Chicago
  5. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  6. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Buffalo
  7. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants Read more

Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For the first time this season owners will have to maneuver around four teams being on bye.  While it doesn’t erase all of the significant talent, being without Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson will obviously have an impact.  Who steps up and is ready to deliver?  Who are the options that fantasy owners should avoid?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants
  3. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Chicago
  5. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  6. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Kansas City
  7. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Jets Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 6 (2018): Intriguing Wide Receivers, Running Back Worth Stashing & More

by Will Overton

Another week is nearly in the books with just the Monday Night game to go tonight. Once again the waiver wire material is dominated by the wide receiver position, with teams airing it out more and more. That said, we do still have a couple running backs to break down and a tight end you don’t want to miss out on. Let’s get to work breaking down all the top names of the week:


Marlon Mack, RB – Indianapolis Colts
For just the second time this season Mack was able to suit up and play for the Colts. With Indianapolis down early and playing catch up, Mack didn’t get a ton of carries but he was clearly the lead back on the ground. He carried the ball 12 times for an impressive 89 yards, adding one catch for four yards. The Colts have a bevy of running backs to choose from which makes things tough, but it seems like a healthy Mack has a big leg up on getting carries. So even if he loses out on third down work to Nyheim Hines he has some value as what looks like the lead back. Read more

The Ditch List: Is It Time To Move On From These Disappointing Performers (Derrick Henry & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to make a hasty decision when it comes to your fantasy football team, since the season feels more like a sprint than a marathon.  How long do you stay patient?  Is it time to cut bait and move on?  Let’s take a look at a few of the standout players who you may be considering cutting:


Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – Running Back
Remember when there was optimism about the Titans’ Derrick Henry, when we knew DeMarco Murray was going to be heading elsewhere in the offseason?  It didn’t last too long, as the team imported Dion Lewis to complement him (instead of giving him the opportunity to carry the load).  Through six weeks that’s exactly what it’s been, as the two have seen a relatively even split in terms of touches: Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Dalvin Cook, Adrian Peterson, Greg Olsen & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 6′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:


Dalvin Cook – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings
According to Ian Rapoport (via Twitter):

The #Vikings are optimistic that RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is going to play vs the #AZCardinals, but it’s not expected to be a full workload as he fights to get back to ????

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 14, 2018

You can argue that Cook doesn’t need a full workload to have a big day against Arizona, who are allowing the most points per week to opposing running backs (999 total yards, 9 TD).  That said, there are a few questions that we are unable to answer: Read more

Stat of the Day: Isaiah Crowell’s Deceptive 2018 (Sell High Candidate)

Stat of the Day:

Of Isaiah Crowell’s 390 rushing yards in 2018, 193 of them have come on three big runs…

Those runs came in Week 1 (62 yards) and Week 5 (77 and 54 yard runs).  What’s more intriguing his how “productive” he’s been on his other 54 carries he’s had this season:

  • Overall Yards/Carry – 6.8
  • Yards/Carry (without three runs of 50+ yards) – 3.6

The question is, when you think of dynamic runners who routinely break big runs is Crowell a name that comes to mind?  So far this season there have been two players with three runs of 40+ yards, Crowell and Saquan Barkley. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Week 6: Wide Receiver Edition: Josh Gordon, Doug Baldwin, Corey Davis & 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:


Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks – at Oakland
Obviously Baldwin is coming off a disastrous week, with just 1 catch for 1 yard against the Los Angeles Rams.  It seems impossible to make sense of, as it’s not health related at this point.  Do we completely call it an aberration though?  We wouldn’t go that far either considering the lack of attempts for Russell Wilson (26 or fewer for three straight weeks).  We all know he’s banged up and you have to wonder if his lack of mobility is going to have a widespread impact on Seattle’s offense. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Week 6: Running Back Edition: Tarik Cohen, Aaron Jones, LeSean McCoy & 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:


Tevin Coleman – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
Things appear to be pointing in the wrong direction for Devonta Freeman, but even if he plays would we not consider utilizing Coleman in all formats?  That said don’t necessarily consider Coleman a high-end option, regardless of if Freeman sits out or not.  Just look at his carries in the three weeks Freeman has already missed in 2018:

  • Week 2 – 16 carries for 107 yards (6.7 YPC)
  • Week 3 – 15 carries for 33 yards (2.2 YPC)
  • Week 4 – 14 carries for 51 yards (3.6 YPC) Read more