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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: T.Y. Hilton, Demarco Murray, DeAndre Hopkins & 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:

 

Cam Newton – Quarterback – Carolina Panthers
Conorr Orr of NFL.com (click here for the article) is reporting that Newton will start today against the Browns.  However:

“Newton’s mobility may be impacted a bit, especially if Mike Pettine loads the box and forces Newton to throw.”

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Moving Targets: Week 16: Latavius Murray, Harry Douglas & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

Is your team still alive for your league’s championship? We certainly hope so, and how about some target information to help you get through Week 16! If you play in Week 17, first of all, why? Why subject yourself to that torment? Secondly, fret not, as this report will return one more time this season to help you plan for that most difficult time of fantasy football. Here are the top 50 targeted players through Week 15 for your perusal: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: What Jimmy Clausen Starting Means For The Bears’ Skill Players

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

By now we all know that Jay Cutler has been sat down for Sunday’s game, with Jimmy Clausen taking over.  The question isn’t if Clausen is a viable option against the Lions, because no one should even be considering him.  The real question is how does his taking the reins of the offense impact the other skill players?  Let’s take a look:

 

Matt Forte – Running Back
His usage in the running game has been down in recent weeks, most notably the last time he faced on the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.  In that contest he was given just five carries, taking them for six yards.  Sure he did add 6 receptions for 52 yards, but that’s hardly a consolation for owners.

The Lions have been among the stingiest defenses against opposing RB this season, allowing a league best 791 rushing yards.  The have allowed 82 receptions (second most in the league) and 700 receiving yards (fourth most in the league), and we know that it’s a major part of Forte’s game.  With Clausen potentially needing to check down and play it safe, Forte could rack up the receptions even more so than the last time out. Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kickers are often overlooked, but there are times where they could actually be the difference between winning and losing in a given week.  Who is the best options for Week 16?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  2. Connor Barth – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  3. Dan Carpenter – Buffalo Bills – at Oakland
  4. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Tampa Bay
  5. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  6. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  7. Shaun Suisham – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  8. Caleb Sturgis – Miami Dolphins – vs. Minnesota
  9. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  10. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Indianapolis Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 16: Start Fred Jackson, Sit Kerwynn Williams & 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 – Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
Ryan proved last week that he could perform regardless of if Julio Jones was playing or not, as he threw for 310 yards and 2 TD. He now has three straight games of 300+ yards and four straight of 2+ TD. The Saints offer a favorable matchup, allowing the fourth most points to opposing QB on the season (second most over the past four weeks). Ryan also torched them in Week 1, throwing for 448 yards and 1 TD. With Jones expected to play (though not a guarantee), things look that much more appealing. Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

How frustrating has the tight end position been this season?  Often the “elite” options have even fallen flat costing fantasy owners.  That said, do you really want to shy away from them at this stage to chase a player more likely to fail?  Keep that in mind as we look at the rankings for the coming week:

 

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  2. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  3. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Cleveland
  4. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  5. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  6. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at San Francisco
  7. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  9. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – at Dallas
  10. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Indianapolis Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 15?  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 16:

 

  1. Buffalo Bills – at Oakland
  2. Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  3. New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  4. Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  5. Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  6. New York Giants – at St. Louis
  7. Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
  8. St. Louis Rams – vs. New York Giants
  9. Cleveland Browns – at Carolina
  10. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle Read more

Three Wide Receivers I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 16 (Sammy Watkins & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week 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:

 

Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals
vs. Seattle

It’s the Seattle Seahawks, do we need any other excuse at this point? All of Arizona’s receivers are impossible to trust, but Fitzgerald is likely the only one you are actually considering using (19 targets over the past two games).  Of course, despite the opportunities he’s totaled 64 yards on 11 receptions.

As if the matchup wasn’t bad enough, at least part of his struggles have been quarterback play. With both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton out, the Cardinals are left with Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas under center. Read more

Streaming Defenses (2014): Week 16

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are through the first 15 weeks of the season so you’d think we’d have some insight as to how teams stack up across the NFL (though do we ever truly “know”.  With that in mind, which defenses could be worth streaming for Week 16?  Let’s take a look:

 

Tennessee Titans
at Jacksonville
Yahoo! – 23%, ESPN – 4.7%

The Titans showed what they can do against a lackluster offense this past week, holding the Jets to 16 points. The Jaguars, who are the lowest scoring team in the league, offer a similar opportunity.

Jacksonville has, by far, allowed the most sacks in the league with 62. While it’s not Tennessee’s forte, their 34 is a respectable number putting them in the middle of the pack. They also have 12 INT, another area where Jacksonville has struggled (18). Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 16 (Latavius Murray & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week 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:

 

Andre Williams – New York Giants
at St. Louis

With Rashad Jennings re-injuring his ankle early in the Giants’ Week 15 matchup, there’s a good chance that he doesn’t even suit up this week (even if he does play, it’s unknown how big of a role he’s going to play).  While Williams had a big Week 14 (24 carries for 131 yards and 1 TD), he took a significant step backwards against the Redskins this past week (18 carries for 44 yards). Read more