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Why Michael Floyd Should Still Be On Fantasy Radars Heading Into 2015

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Michael Floyd endured a miserable 2014 campaign…  That’s obviously not some earth shattering statement.  It was supposed to be his full breakout as he entrenched himself as one of the elite receivers in the league, but he instead managed 47 receptions for 841 yards and 6 TD.  Just how mediocre were those numbers?

  • Receptions – tied for 85th in the league
  • Receiving Yards – 41st in the league
  • Receiving TD – tied for 29th in the league

It would be easy to chalk his struggles up to the quarterback play, but that wouldn’t entirely be accurate.  With six games with Carson Palmer under center Floyd averaged 2.8 receptions (4.3 targets) and 43.3 yards per game.  Yes the Cardinals had significant QB issues, being forced to use Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley for extended periods of time, but it simply wasn’t the only issue. Read more

Is C.J. Anderson A Viable First Round Pick Or Top 10 Running Back In ’15?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Entering the season fantasy owners were focused on Montee Ball as the Denver Broncos running back to own.  When he got injured it was Ronnie Hillman who stepped up and filled the void, though only for a few weeks.  When he too went down the team finally turned to C.J. Anderson and the fantasy owners who did the same were handsomely rewarded over the final two months of the season:

165 carries
785 yards
8 TD

33 receptions
323 yards
2 TD

The undrafted sophomore also added 18 carries for 80 yards, as well as 6 receptions for 29 yards, in the Broncos playoff lose.  On the surface it would appear like Anderson is going to be the leader of the Denver backfield and a can’t miss fantasy option for 2015.  However we need to be careful, as looks can sometimes be deceiving. Read more

Early 2015 Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Latavius Murray Rise To RB1 Status?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Raiders have named Bill Musgrave their new Offensive Coordinator.  From a fantasy perspective this can only be considered a good thing, especially after the following quote came out courtesy of Vic Tafur (via Twitter):

“Asked Musgrave impression of Latavius Murray: ‘Very positive. Tremendous size & speed. Going to tailor run game so it’s right up his alley.’”

Last season the Raiders inexplicably gave the bulk of the carries to Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, who put up the type of underwhelming performances that we expected.  McFadden managed 534 yards and 2 TD on 155 carries (3.4 yards/carry) and is now a free agent.  Jones-Drew was even worse, picking up 96 yards and no TD on 43 carries (2.2 yards/carry) and is likely to be cut. Read more

2015 NFL Mock Draft (v2.0) – Reshuffling The Top 10 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is our second stab at projecting the 2015 NFL Draft, but there’s a lot of time and likely going to be a lot of things between now and draft day.  That’s why we are going to be updating this every two weeks for now, with more frequent updates as the draft gets closer.

With that in mind, let’s take a look:

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State
It’s obvious that the current Tampa Bay leadership doesn’t feel like Mike Glennon is going to be their long-term solution at QB.  When you have a chance to address the spot you do, so look for them to either select Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the top pick.  At this point it looks like Winston could be the preferred pick (after Mariota’s performance in the National Championship Game, but don’t be surprised if they flip-flop with almost every mock until the draft.
Previous Pick – Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon Read more

2014-2015 Championship Round: Top 4 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are just four teams left standing and, as expected, they all boast top quarterbacks under center.  Who is the best of the best?  Let’s take a look at how we have them ranked for the coming week:

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle

Thoughts:

  • Yes the general feeling is that the Patriots have a tough secondary, but the Colts running game is questionable and we all know just how good Andrew Luck is.  Throw in the fact that Joe Flacco took them for 4 TD just a week ago and the expectations of a high scoring game and it’s certainly hard to bet against him. Read more

Pre-Order The Rotoprofessor 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide For $6!

It’s that time of year…  It’s time to start discussing the Rotoprofessor 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!!!  The guide is currently available for pre-order for just $6.

The first improvement to the 2015 version of the guide, as we will be projecting FIP and LOB% (strand rate) for all pitchers!  It’s just a little bit more information to help you prepare and dominate your league this year.

Like in past years, the guide will first be released between January 1 and January 15 (I will know a more solid date as we get closer) and you will then receive updates about every two-to-three weeks from the release date until the start of the season. Also like in year’s past, the draft guide is just going to get bigger and better!

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 (because 300 just wasn’t enough)
  • 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 2015 (Prospects who can make impact in ’14)
  • Top 5 Prospects for 2015 by team (Prospects who can make impact in ’14)
  • Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • Closer Chart
  • Top 25 Sleepers for 2015
  • 15 Players Likely to be Overdrafted in 2015

Make sure you keep checking back for more details and be sure to reserve your copy of the guide early!




Rookies to Sophomores: Rankings The Top 10 Running Backs for 2015 (Hill/Hyde Lead The Charge)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It simply was not a very good year for rookie running backs, with only two players surpassing 750 yards. That doesn’t mean people from the class can’t or won’t develop, but it didn’t happen right away. Who has the best outlook, at least as of today, for 2015? Let’s take a look:

 

1. Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals
The only rookie running back to surpass 1,000 yards (1,124 to be exact), he should continue to form an impressive 1-2 punch with Giovani Bernard. While that will limit his PPR value, he’s going to clearly continue operating as the early down/goal line back. In other words, there’s a lot to like.

 

2. Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers
He didn’t have a banner rookie season, but the 49ers are moving in a new direction. They will have a new coach and it’s likely that Frank Gore will either be sent packing or see a significantly reduced role (Gore will be 32-years old at the start of the 2015 season and is also a free agent). With Hyde inline to replace him, it simply makes sense for the 49ers to use that money elsewhere. Read more

2015 NFL Mock Draft (v1.0) – Melvin Gordon Lands In Cleveland & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is our first stab at projecting the 2015 NFL Draft, but there’s a lot of time and likely going to be a lot of things between now and draft day.  That’s why we are going to be updating this every two weeks for now, with more frequent updates as the draft gets closer.

With that in mind, let’s take a look:

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon
It’s obvious that the current Tampa Bay leadership doesn’t feel like Mike Glennon is going to be their long-term solution at QB.  When you have a chance to address the spot you do, so look for them to either select Mariota or Jameis Winston with the top pick.

2. Tennessee Titans – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State
It makes the most sense for the Titans to trade this pick to a QB needy franchise, but it’s too early to start projecting a deal like that.  Maybe they feel like Zach Mettenberger could be the answer, but given their inept offense this past season maybe they don’t anyways.  The other real need is a lineman, but unless they feel strongly about one of the tackles it makes sense to address that spot in a later round. Read more

2014-2015 Divisional Round: Top 8 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The talent level of the quarterbacks playing this week takes a significant step up, don’t they?  That’s what’s going to happen when arguably the Top 4 quarterbacks in the league are all on the field, as well as leaving the Top 8 teams in the league playing.  Who’s the best of the best?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Denver
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Dallas
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Baltimore
  4. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Green Bay
  5. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Indianapolis
  6. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Carolina Read more

2015 NFL Prospect Outlook: The Underclassman

Underclassman often fill the NFL Draft, but which players are making wise decisions?  Which players should fantasy owners be closely monitoring?  We’ll be updating this thread over the next few weeks, so make sure to keep checking back.

  • Updated 01/06/14 – Penn State TE Jesse James has declared
  • Updated 01/04/14 – USC WR Nelson Agholer, Maryland WR Stefon Diggs, Kansas WR Nigel King & Colorado State RB Dee Hart have declared

 

Quarterbacks
Brett Hundley – UCLA

Some would argue that Hundley would’ve been better served to stay in college for one more year, though that obviously would’ve brought some injury risk.  It looks like he’ll be selected within the first two rounds, so it’s hard to argue against the decision, and hopefully he’ll land in a spot that will allow him to further develop and learn behind a veteran before being forced into action.

Fantasy Outlook – Could take a year or two to develop, but worth stashing in dynasty formats Read more