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Moving Targets Week 8: Who Has Seen A Recent Increase In Targets & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

This week we go through the Top 49 players receiving targets, mainly because No. 52 is injured (going miss you, Fred Jackson) and I decided to cut off the list at 40 targets. Not to worry, we can still discuss some of those who do not yet have 40 targets on the season when I look at some of the recent producers with regards to having the ball tossed to them after the chart: Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: Are Zac Stacy & Doug Martin Worth Holding On To?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously there have been a lot of disappointing running backs this season, but does that mean that they are simply droppable? Or, should we keep them stashed and hope that they figure things out? Let’s take a look and try to decipher a few of the situations:

 

Zac Stacy – St. Louis Rams
A fantasy hero a year ago, he has quickly fallen to complete fantasy zero. He clearly has fallen behind both Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham on the depth chart and it’s going to take a lot for him to suddenly get out of the doldrums and emerge as a viable weekly option once again. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Zach Mettenberger Prove Fantasy Viable?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The news broke recently that the Tennessee Titans are turning the page, inserting sixth round draft pick Zach Mettenberger into the starting lineup. We all knew that Charlie Whitehurst wasn’t the answer and, while Jake Locker could ultimately return to the starting role, injuries have continued to plague him and he’s generally failed to produce.

Mettenberger made huge strides in his senior season at LSU, throwing for 3,082 yards, 22 TD and 8 INT. Here’s what Walter Football had to say about the year and improvements he made:

“Before the 2013 season, LSU hired Cam Cameron to be its offensive coordinator, and the veteran NFL coach did a lot to help Mettenberger’s game. He was more accurate and displayed better feet and field vision under Cameron’s direction. Mettenberger became a much greater aerial threat with wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry serving as superb weapons. Mettenberger completed 65 percent of his passes in 2013 for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Unfortunately, his season ended early with a torn ACL.”

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Five Things We Learned From Thursday Night: Is Ronnie Hillman A RB1, Has Keenan Allen Found Himself & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No matter how good the teams, there are always ample lessons learned from any NFL game.  While both Peyton Manning (25-35, 286 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT) and Philip Rivers (30-41, 252 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT) performed about where we would’ve expected, whose performances grabbed our attention?  Let’s take a look at five things we learned from last night’s action:

 

1. Ronnie Hillman deserves to keep the Broncos lead back job and is a must start option
The only possible knock against Hillman last night was his lack of TD, though that’s not to say that there wasn’t an opportunity (Juwan Thompson vulture a pair of scores or having a score taken off the board due to a holding penalty).  In fact you could argue that he deserved to score multiple times.  It would’ve just been icing on the cake, though, as Hillman finished with 20 carries for 109 yards and 3 receptions for 29 yards.

Over the past three weeks, with Monte Ball out, Hillman has averaged 119 total yards per game.  Ball, who was injured in the game vs. Arizona, averaged just 72 yards per game over the first three weeks of the season.  He scored 1 TD over that span and also lost a fumble (after losing three last season). Read more

Why Keenan Allen Likely Shouldn’t Be In Your Starting Lineup Tonight (Or Any Week For Now)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

You would think that games against the Denver Broncos are going to be shootouts, given the point totals they are capable of. That should mean big numbers for the wide receivers on the other team…

It’s a good theory, but it hasn’t been the case in 2014. Denver’s defense has allowed the fifth fewest receiving yards to opposing wide outs, at 890 yards. That alone is a knock against any player on the outside, and it definitely clouds the usability of Kennan Allen for tonight’s game.

It’s not like Allen hasn’t been getting opportunities, as he leads San Diego in receptions (34) and targets (52). However he has yet to find the end zone and he’s barely third on the team in receiving yards: Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we discussed those in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column).  Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:

 

Tre Mason – St. Louis Rams
at Kansas City

It’s going to be easy to hop on the Tre Mason bandwagon, especially after his 85 yards and 1 TD on 18 carries in Week 7.  We aren’t about to say that you shouldn’t be grabbing him off the waiver wire, but depending on your alternatives thrusting him into your lineup this week may not make sense. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 8: Carson Palmer, Ronnie Hillman, Andre Johnson & 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 – Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
We knew it could take some time for Palmer to round back into form, but he now has two games under his belt and an assortment of weapons to choose from. While his numbers haven’t been electric quite yet (503 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT), the Eagles have allowed the fifth most points to opposing QB this season (1,669 yards, 13 TD, 3 INT). Unless you have one of the elite, he’s as good of a bet as there is this week. Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end is one of the toughest positions to figure, isn’t it?  While we all know who the truly elite options in the league are, it’s that Second and Third tier guys that seem nearly interchangeable.  Let’s take a look at how things currently look heading into Week 8:

 

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Seattle
  3. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
  4. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  5. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  7. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at New England
  8. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  9. Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  10. Owen Daniels – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 7?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week (they were out of control last week).  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 8:

 

  1. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  2. Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  3. New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  4. Detroit Lions – at Atlanta
  5. Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  6. Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  7. Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  8. Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  9. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  10. Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego Read more

Deep League Stash Candidate: Is Now The Time To Grab Charles Sims?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN (click here for the article):

“Sims was eligible to begin practicing this week, but he didn’t. When asked if he might return to practice next week, Sims said he hoped so but that decision would be up to the coaching staff and trainers.”

He’s eligible to return on November 2 and it’s easy to imagine him taking a big role as soon as he’s deemed healthy. Tampa Bay is averaging a meager 89.8 rushing yards per game, fifth fewest in the league. Part of it has been driven by lack of chances, as their 4.3 yards per carry is respectable. Still, no one has stood out (aside from one big performance). Read more