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2016 Breakout Candidate: Why Jay Ajayi Could Post A Top 15 Season

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Miami Dolphins had been trying to replace Lamar Miller all offseason to no avail.  The finally added a running back to their stable on the second day of the draft, grabbing Alabama’s Kenyan Drake in the third round.  The question that leaves for fantasy owners is who is likely going to be the “lead” back in Miami?  Will it be Drake or Jay Ajayi?  Will it be a committee?  Let’s take a look:

Jay Ajayi
Had there not been long-term concerns about his knee Ajayi would’ve been drafted significantly earlier then he was in ’15 (5th round, 149th overall).  Long-term is one thing, but how long do most running backs last anyways?  Unfortunately the NFL is a short-term game and it’s hard not to like what Ajayi brings to the table.

His numbers were underwhelming in his NFL debut (3.8 YPC on 49 carries, 7 receptions in 9 games), but just look at the numbers he posted during his final year at Boise State: Read more

Thank You For A Great 2015 Season!

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who visited/supported Rotoprofessor throughout the 2015 season.  We couldn’t do this without you and your support is very much appreciated.

We will keep the site going in the offseason, though the articles will be a bit more sporadic, and we’ll also be posting NFL Mock Drafts and prospect profiles over on our prospect page.  In other words, make sure to keep checking back!

Thanks again and for those of you who are still battling for a title good luck today!

Week 17 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 17 is always a difficult week, which is why most leagues end in Week 16.  However, if you are still battling for a championship let’s take a look at who the best options are:

  1. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  3. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – at Buffalo
  6. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle
  7. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  8. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  9. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  10. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Karlos Williams, Doug Baldwin, Randall Cobb & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 16 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:

 

Karlos Williams – Buffalo Bills – Running Back
Chris Brown of the Bills’ official website (click here for the post) recently published the following quote from Bills’ head coach Rex Ryan:

“I would think so,” said Rex Ryan of the likelihood of a heavy rushing attack for both teams. “I think with the weather, I think we’re gonna get a lot of run. I mean it sounds like we’re gonna get some Buffalo wind and so I think that’ll probably lead to the fact that we’ll probably see more run.” Read more

Could Jay Ajayi Cement His Role As A 2016 Player To Target?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We keep trying to figure out what the Dolphins are doing in their backfield, as they have seemingly misused Lamar Miller since the day he was drafted.  The hope had been that he would be featured after the coaching change and, to an extent, he was including a 20 carry performance on December 6  (he took those for 113 yards).

Of course his usage has decreased in the two subsequent games:

  • December 14 – 12 carries (he took them for 89 yards and 2 TD, making the usage that much more curious)
  • December 20 – 9 carries

After the game Adam Beasley tweeted:

“No wonder Lamar Miller was biting his tongue last night. He had EIGHTEEN snaps from scrimmage. Ajayi had 31.” Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Will Tye A Trust Worthy TE For Week 16?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The New York Giants will play Sunday night without Odell Beckham Jr., leaving a gaping hole in their passing attack.  While many are looking towards Ruben Randle, Dwayne Harris and Hakeem Nicks, could tight end Will Tye be the biggest beneficiary?

Jordan Raanan of NJ.com (click here for the article) recently published this quote from offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo:

“He’s doing some things well, he’s progressing,” offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said. “He definitely seems like he’s turning into one of Eli’s favorite targets in the offense.”

Tye has scored in back-to-back games and over the past five weeks has averaged nearly 5 receptions (on 6.4 targets) for 54.6 yards.  It’s easy to imagine those numbers increasing, as Raanan noted just how much of the offense Beckham is responsible for: Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Danny Woodhead, Michael Crabtree & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With fantasy titles hanging in the balance every decision feels paramount.  Making decisions on who to use and who not to use, especially this early in the week, is that much more difficult because of the potential hole you can put yourself in with a poor decision.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the skill players ready to suit up tonight to try to determine if they should or should not be used:

Quarterbacks
Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers –
Sure the weapons around him are questionable, but Rivers continues to find ways to produce.  He delivered 311 yards, 3 TD and 2 INT in Week 15 and posted a similar line against the Raiders when they faced off earlier in the season (336 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT).  Of course the Raiders have allowed opposing QB to throw for just 1 TD over the past two games and have actually been a fairly good defense on the season.  Rivers is usable, depending on your alternatives, but he’s hardly a must use option.

Verdict – Maybe Start/Maybe Sit, it all depends on your options (must use in two-quarterback formats) Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is the week we’ve been waiting for, as for most Week 16 represents the championship (there are a few leagues that include Week 17, though that’s relatively rare).  Who should we be ready to lean on with our titles hanging in the balance?  Who is too big of a risk to trust?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. St. Louis
  3. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at New Orleans
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Jacksonville
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  7. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Green Bay
  8. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
  9. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Dallas
  10. Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – vs. New England Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Denard Robinson, Spencer Ware, Donte Moncrief & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 15 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:

 

Danny Amendola – New England Patriots – Wide Receiver
While Julian Edelman returned to practice this week he has already been ruled out for today’s game against the Titans.  That should leave Amendola in a featured role, where he’s thrived over the past four weeks:

  • at New York Giants – 10 receptions for 79 yards
  • vs. Buffalo – 9 receptions for 117 yards
  • vs. Philadelphia – 7 receptions for 62 yards and 1 TD
  • at Houston – 6 receptions for 46 yards Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could A.J. McCarron Earn Himself A Future Job?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s obviously going to be difficult to trust A.J. McCarron over the remainder of 2015, with fantasy titles hanging in the balance, but he has been thrust into the spotlight. With Andy Dalton lost for the foreseeable future McCarron has an opportunity to make an impact and position himself for a starting role, whether it’s in Cincinnati or elsewhere.

While the 2014 fifth round pick made a strong first impression (22-32, 280 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT), he also put a little unneeded pressure on himself with the following quote, courtesy of Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com (click here for the article):

“You gotta love pressured moments. That’s what makes you great, it’s when the great ones really shine. I guess Tom Brady was in the same situation when he had the opportunity,” McCarron said. Read more