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10 Lessons Learned From Week 11: Rob Gronkowski, Samaje Perine, Doug Martin & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After another Sunday of NFL football it’s hard not to walk away with more questions than answers.  It was yet another tough week, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to come able learning some valuable lessons.  Let’s take a look at 10 things we learned from Week 10:

 

1) That Doug Martin has become a player to virtually ignore…
While Martin continues to see regular opportunities, he’s consistently failed to do anything with them.  Martin has now had at least 18 carries in four of his past five games, but the results have been ugly:

Matchup
Carries
Yards
Yards/Carry
TD
at Buffalo20492.50
vs, Carolina18713.90
vs. New York Jets20512.60
at Miami19382.00
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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Sterling Shepard, Jamaal Williams, Leonard Fournette & 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:

 

Sterling Shepard – Wide Receiver – New York Giants
Any time a player is added to the injury report late in the week there is tremendous skepticism, though “illness” doesn’t generate the same concerns.  However, according to Adam Schefter (via Twitter) the news doesn’t appear good for Shepard:

“Giants’ WR Sterling Shepard, added to team’s injury report Saturday with illness, is unlikely to play vs Chiefs, per source. But team wants to first test him in pre-game warmups before making any determination.” Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Devontae Booker Breakout Moving Forward?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Denver Broncos appear to be a sinking ship, as they dropped their fifth straight game last Sunday night.  It will be interesting to see where things go from here, as the team will likely turn the page and start looking towards 2018 and beyond.  We are waiting for the potential QB of the future (Paxton Lynch) to get healthy and on the field, but we are starting to see a transition in the backfield.  Just look at the carry split from the Patriots game:

  • C.J. Anderson – 10 carries for 54 yards
  • Jamaal Charles – 8 carries for 38 yards
  • Devontae Booker – 8 carries for 24 yards

Anderson is signed for two more seasons, but he’s continually battled injuries and hasn’t been able to seize his opportunity (4.3 yards per carry, 1 TD on the season).  We all know that Charles isn’t the future, so that leaves former fourth round draft pick Booker. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 11: Derek Carr, Chris Thompson, Emmanuel Sanders & 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 – Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England

Carr has not lived up to expectations overall this season, but let’s not overlook that he was lighting up the box score prior to the Raiders’ bye week:

  • vs. Kansas City – 417 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
  • at Buffalo – 313 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • at Miami – 300 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 11: Marcus Mariota, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Derrick Henry & 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:

 

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota – Quarterback
Many will want to believe that he’s a viable option, given the name, but the numbers tell a completely different story.  Thus far he’s thrown for 1,783 yards, 7 TD and 6 INT, with his overall value being buoyed by running the football (3 TD).  With that being the sole “value”, it’s hard to get excited considering the Steelers have allowed the third fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks and limited them in all aspects: Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end continues to be one of the most frustrating positions to fill.  If you have one of the “Big 4” you are set each and every week (outside of bye weeks), but after that it’s a complete mess.  Sure there are some decent options, but they aren’t a given to produce regularly and are definitely not matchup proof.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how things shake out for the coming week:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  3. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Kansas City
  4. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  5. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England
  6. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
  7. Tyler Kroft – Cincinnati Bengals – at Denver
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Pittsburgh Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you strictly look at the name appeal you are going to have issues setting your starting lineup each week.  As the 2017 season drags on it has become crystal clear that players like Matt Ryan and Drew Brees, recently locked in Top 5 plays, are no longer must use options.  In their place we’ve seen Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and others rise and fill the void.  Who are the quarterbacks we should be trusting for Week 11?  Who should we be skeptical about?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
  2. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  4. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
  5. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England
  6. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Minnesota
  7. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  8. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tennessee Read more

10 Lessons Learned From Week 10: Melvin Gordon, Sterling Shepard, Robert Woods & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After another Sunday of NFL football it’s hard not to walk away with more questions than answers.  It was yet another tough week, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to come able learning some valuable lessons.  Let’s take a look at 10 things we learned from Week 10:

 

1. That we wrote Isaiah Crowell off prematurely…
The Detroit Lions have struggled more with running backs who can catch the football, not run it, but Crowell has now posted back-to-back strong games (sandwiching the bye week):

  • vs. Minnesota – 11 carries for 64 yards and 1 TD (5.8 YPC)
  • at Detroit – 16 carries for 90 yards and 1 TD (5.6 YPC) Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end continues to be one of the most frustrating positions to try and fill.  You had better hope that you have one of the elite options, or even a solid one that you can depend on for a few points each and every week.  If you are forced to settle for a desperation play, whether it’s due to bye weeks or injury, puts you at risk of taking a goose egg (and many learned that this past week).  Who are the players we can depend on for Week 10?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
  2. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at San Francisco
  3. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
  4. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  5. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Tyler Kroft – Cincinnati Bengals – at Tennessee
  7. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New York Jets Read more

Streaming Defenses (2017): Week 10: 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 8?  Let’s take a look:

 

New England Patriots
at Denver
CBS Sports – 36%, ESPN – 29.2%

The New England defense hasn’t been very good this season, but they draw a Broncos offense that is falling apart at the seams.  Brock Osweiler is currently the starting quarterback, and even if they went back to Trevor Siemian or gave Paxton Lynch an opportunity would they scare you?  Their running game has also dissolved into a lifeless three-man committee and there’s no guarantee that any of them produce big numbers. Read more