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Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 14: Tyreek Hill, Jeremy Maclin, Latavius Murray & 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:

 

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr – Quarterback
He’s certainly a viable QB1, as he continues to fill the box score (7 TD vs. 1 INT in his past three games).  That said he posted one of his worst games of the season against the Chiefs (225 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), and that’s not something we can ignore.  The Chiefs have been struggling, allowing the fifth most points per week to opposing quarterbacks over the past four weeks, so be prepared to dial him up.  He’s just a small step below the truly elite options (he ranked #8 for us for Week 14). Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As the season is coming to a close there’s a new set of tight end emerging.  The names filling the top of the rankings aren’t necessarily the ones we’d have expected, but they are ready to produce big numbers when it counts the most.  With that said, let’s take a look at how our Week 14 rankings look (we are including Jordan Reed, for now, but keep in mind it’s very possible he misses the week):

  1. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  3. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Green Bay
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. San Diego
  6. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Denver
  7. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
  8. C.J. Fiedorowicz – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  9. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  10. Ladarius Green – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Buffalo Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For many the time has finally come for the fantasy football playoffs to begin.  While you don’t want to necessarily stray from your “star”, you also don’t want to make a mistake as it’s either win or go home.  Who are the best options for Week 14?  Who brings extra risk with everything on the line?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Baltimore
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Seattle
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Green Bay
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  5. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Los Angeles
  6. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
  7. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Carolina
  8. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
  9. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Dallas Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 13 Fallout: Kapri Bibbs, Tyler Lockett, Ladarius Green & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking to hit the waiver wire?  Who isn’t looking to improve, though making any hasty decisions off one game could ultimately prove more costly than helpful.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who may be available and if they are worth targeting or not:

 

Kapri Bibbs – Running Back – Denver Broncos
With Paxton Lynch struggling at QB (104 yards thrown) and Devontae Booker once again failing to produce (18 carries for 35 yards and 1 TD), Bibbs exploded on limited touches as he took 5 carries for 49 yards.  While he hasn’t impressed overall this season, with 29 carries for 129 yards, you know that the continued problems for Booker has got to be opening up an opportunity.  Over the past five games look at the yards per carry marks that Booker has posted:

  • 2.8 (19 carries)
  • 2.2 (10 carries)
  • 3.2 (24 carries)
  • 3.3 (24 carries)
  • 1.9 (18 carries) Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Mark Ingram, Tyrell Williams, Jordan Matthews & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 13 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit?  Yesterday we took a look at the potential usage of Martellus Bennett & Vernon Davis (click here to view), but what about the other questionable situations? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

Mark Ingram – Running Back – New Orleans Saints
According to Nick Underhill (via Twitter):

Ingram said his toe felt good today. On Sunday: “We’ll see.” Said his toe was just sore.

Ingram is coming off a monster week, where he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, putting up 146 yards and 1 TD and adding 1 catch for 21 yards and 1 TD.  With Tim Hightower also in the mix it’s possible that Ingram sees a reduced workload, getting more in the 8-12 touch range.  That’s going to put Ingram’s usage into a little bit of question and completely depends on your alternatives on whether or not he’s in your lineup.  It’s hard not to use him, but at the same time he’s hardly a must trust option. Read more

Pre-Order The Rotoprofessor 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Today!!

It’s that time of year again! Sure football season is in full swing and the World Series is kicking off, but it’s never too early to start planning for 2017. As a loyal Rotoprofessor reader/supporter, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to reserve your copy our 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!

The price will be increasing this year to a whole $7.00 (I know, inflation). As a special, if you pre-order the guide today it will be yours for just $5.50!  This may be the best value you get to help prepare for your fantasy baseball season, so make sure to take advantage of it.

For those who have never experienced the guide, it is delivered through e-mail as an Excel spreadsheet and also includes:

  • Over 500 player projections (including some of the top prospects in the game)
  • Top 400 Overall
  • 2-page cheat sheet, perfect to take to your draft
  • The Rotoprofessor Staff’s quick take on every player projected
  • Expanded Rankings (i.e. Top 30 Catchers, Top 125 Starting Pitchers)
  • Top 50 rankings for Corner Infielders & Middle Infielders
  • Projected lineups and rotations
  • Top 50 Prospects for 2017 (Prospects who can make impact in ’17)
  • Top 5 Prospects for 2017 by team (Prospects who can make impact in ’17)
  • Top 40 “New” Dynasty Prospects
  • Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • Closer Chart
  • Top 25 Sleepers for 2017
  • 15 Players Likely to be Overdrafted in 2017

Unlike paper guides our version will be updated every two-to-three weeks, helping you stay as prepared as possible.  The first draft was released on January 16, 2017 and the updates will begin after that.  I want to thank you all for supporting Rotoprofessor and make sure to reserve your copy of the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide today!




Tight End Understudies: Are Martellus Bennett & Vernon Davis Worth Using In Week 13?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We already know that two of the top tight ends, Jordan Reed and Rob Gronkowski, are going to be sidelined for Week 13 (and in Gronkowski’s case he’s been lost for the season).  While you would think that their understudies will be worth utilizing, things aren’t quite that simple.  Let’s take a look:

 

Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots
Maybe a 100% Bennett would be extremely appealing, but he’s not as he’s battling through injuries to his ankle and shoulder.  That’s going to limit him, and it’s not like he’s been highly productive in recent weeks:

  • November 20 at San Francisco – 1 reception for 14 yards
  • November 27 at New York Jets – 3 receptions for 22 yards Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 13: Cam Newton, Allen Robinson, Tevin Coleman & 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 – Phillip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tampa Bay

It doesn’t seem to matter who is healthy and who is not, Rivers finds a way to produce each and every week.  With signs pointing towards Tyrell Williams being capable of playing, Rivers’ upside looks that much batter against a Buccaneer defense that has allowed 20 passing TD vs. 9 INT on the season.

Sit – Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Seattle
It’s easy to simply slide Newton into your lineup, given his pedigree and perceived value.  However the numbers haven’t been there this season, as he’s completed just 55.8% of his passes to go along with 13 TD vs. 8 INT (more than 2 TD in a game just once, all the way back in Week 2).  While he often does generate value with his legs, he’s rushed for 13 yards over the past two games.  Throw in the matchup with Seattle, who has allowed the sixth fewest points per game to opposing QB, and Newton is impossible to trust. Read more

Week 13 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At this point we’ve all learned that kickers can’t be ignored, as the missed extra point epidemic continues to grow.  Which kickers can we trust?  Which have proven to be too risky?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – at Minnesota
  2. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
  3. Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – at Jacksonville
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Los Angeles
  5. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Miami
  6. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Jets
  7. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Carolina
  8. Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tampa Bay Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 13: Dak Prescott, Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley & 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:

 

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – Quarterback
He’s pretty close to a must use option, but Minnesota has allowed the third fewest points per week to opposing QB this season (though they’ve been a little bit worse of late).  Prescott is also coming off a game where he only attempted 24 passes, throwing for 195 yards and 1 TD.  With Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield there’s always the potential for a run-based attack, and that will help to limit Prescott’s upside.  He’s a QB1, but you can make the argument that he’s not one of the true elite.  Unless you have one of those, you are likely going to be utilizing him however. Read more