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With Tony Romo Sidelined (Again), Is There Any Value In Dallas? (McFadden, Bryant & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tony Romo’s reinjured his collarbone on Thursday, an injury that officially ends what was a lost season.  With fantasy titles on the line you have to wonder where this news leaves the other Dallas skill position players and their likelihood for success over the remainder of the season.  First, let’s look at the schedule:

  • Week 13 – at Washington
  • Week 14 – at Green Bay
  • Week 15 – vs. New York Jets
  • Week 16 – at Buffalo
  • Week 17 – vs. Washington

Let’s throw out Week 17, since the majority of fantasy leagues have already wrapped up by then.  What’s interesting is that Washington, New York and Buffalo have all struggled against the pass, while performing better against the run (though not recently).  What does that mean for McFadden?  Without Romo how much can we really expect from the wide receivers/tight ends?  Let’s take a look:

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2015): Week 12: Start Chris Johnson, Sit Jameis Winston & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the Thursday games behind us we are left to pick up the pieces and start setting our lineup for the rest of the week.  Who should we be trusting?  Who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look:


Start – Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota

He hasn’t been as good as we’d have expected this season, despite ranking fourth in passing yards (2,982), as he hasn’t generated a significant number of TD (15) and he’s thrown far too many INT (10).  While Minnesota’s defense has been good against opposing quarterbacks overall, things have turned over the past two weeks:

  • Derek Carr – 302 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • Aaron Rodgers – 212 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

They also have just 6 INT, eliminating one of the bigger issues with Ryan (he had 3 INT in Week 11).  He’s definitely worth utilizing as a QB1. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Thanksgiving Edition: Eddie Lacy, Tony Romo & More

by Eric Stashin

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today is a day for family, food and football.  From a fantasy perspective, though, things get a little more complicated with a trio of games.  Do we take any gambles early in the week?  What if we are unsure if one of our players are going to suit up on Sunday?  This week is a little bit more difficult to maneuver around, but let’s take a look at a few of the decisions owners may be facing today:


Eddie Lacy – Running Back – Green Bay Packers
According to the Packer Report (via Twitter):

“MM says a one-two punch in backfield. No decision on who will start. Needs them both.”

While both Lacy and James Starks will be involved, Lacy is coming off a game where he severely outplayed Starks (in fact over his past four games Starks has totaled 38 carries for 104 yards, a 2.7 YPC): Read more

Deep League Waiver Worthy: Does The Bears’ David Fales Belong On Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier this week the Bears promoted former sixth round draft pick David Fales from their practice squad, making him the backup behind Jay Cutler. Given Cutler’s injury history and the fact that it’s a lost season the move should not fly under-the-radar (especially for those in two-quarterback formats). There’s a chance Fales gets a look, at some point, so what could he provide?

The junior college transfer had two highly impressive seasons at San Jose State:

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Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries continue to be a significant issue across the league, with tight end being no different.  Jordan Reed may or may not be ready to play, though signs seem to be pointing in his favor (which is why he’s included on the list).  We’ve been waiting weeks for Austin Seferian-Jenkins to return, but it just hasn’t happened yet (he’ll be usable when he does, but at this point we can’t bank on it).  Of course injuries aren’t the only issue, so let’s take a look at how things currently shake out for the coming week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
  2. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  4. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. St. Louis
  5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  6. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
  7. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Carolina Read more

Getting To Know Javorius “Buck” Allen, The Top Waiver Wire Target For Week 12

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Justin Forsett suffering a broken arm in Week 11 the Ravens are primed to hand their lead back duties over to Javorius Allen.  He certainly operated in that role after the injury, compiling 27 touches (22 carries and 5 receptions) for 115 yards.  With both Joe Flacco & Steve Smith also sidelined, there’s every reason to believe that Allen will be the focal point of the offense.  What do we need to know about him as we formulate our expectations?  Let’s get to know the rookie:

1) Allen was a 4th round draft pick out of USC…
He thrived in college, averaging 5.5 YPC (2,306 total yards) and scoring 25 TD on the ground.  He really stepped up in his junior season, taking 276 carries for 1,489 yards and 11 TD.  Ryan Mink of (click here for the article) highlighted some of his successes in college: Read more

Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The bye weeks have come and gone, giving us a full allotment of quarterbacks to choose from…  Well, barring the injuries that have continued to plague the league (Joe Flacco is the latest to fall victim, as he was lost for the season in Week 11).  Who are the good plays this week?  Who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  2. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Denver
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Houston
  6. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
  7. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
  8. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee Read more

The Drop List: Four Players We Are Ready To Move On From (D. Parker & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

In order to be active on the waiver wire you have to be willing to cut bait on someone sitting on your bench.  Sometimes that decision is easy, but that’s not always the case.  Here are four players who had been viewed as potential contributors this season that we’d be willing to move on from at this point:


DeVante Parker – Wide Receiver – Miami Dolphins
The highly touted rookie has been a complete non-factor this season, totaling 4 receptions for 49 yards on 8 targets (he didn’t register a single target in Week 11).  He’s battled a foot injury all season and also has a deep receiving corps ahead of him that includes Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Rishard Matthews. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Darren McFadden, Marshawn Lynch, Emmanuel Sanders & 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:


Darren McFadden – Running Back – Dallas Cowboys
According to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News (click here for the article):

Although McFadden has received the majority of the team’s carries the last four games, his workload could be reduced in what will likely be wet conditions at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.”

McFadden is listed as questionable with a strained groin but is fully expected to play.  There are a few reasons why it makes sense to speculate that McFadden, who has averaged 23.25 carries over the past four games, will see a drop in touches: Read more

Buy Low Candidates: Three Players We’d Be Targeting (Ameer Abdullah & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last week we took a look at a few potential players that we’d be looking to sell high on.  How about the flipside, though?  Who would we be looking to target as a potential buy low option?  Let’s take a look:


Demaryius Thomas – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos
He’s been disappointing, to an extent, all season (68 receptions, 816 yards, 1 TD) and has lost Peyton Manning at quarterback, so why would we be looking at him as a buy option?  There are actually a lot of things working in his favor:

  • You could argue that Brock Osweiler is a better fit for the offense (some have made this argument, especially with how poorly Manning has played this season), but regardless it all comes down to Thomas finding the end zone
  • The opportunities have been there (103 targets, fifth most in the league) and are going to continue to be, especially with the running game struggling to establish itself Read more