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Draft Day Decision: Is Frank Gore Worth A Top 50 Pick?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Running back is always a tough position to fill, especially now with more teams looking to employee committees as opposed to having a true lead back. In the past the 49′ers Frank Gore would be an easy selection early in your drafts, but is that still the case?

Now 31-years old, Gore has accumulated a lot of mileage on his tires. Over the course of his career he has 2,187 carries and 331 receptions. Throw in an additional 140 carries and 18 receptions in the post season and you have a total of 2,676 touches over a nine-year NFL career.

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Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries haven’t played a major role, yet, but training camps are just getting started.  Unfortunately we know it’s only a matter of time, but that doesn’t mean that changes haven’t been made to our rankings.  Let’s take a look at how our wide receiver rankings currently shake out:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
  2. Alshon Jeffery – Chicago Bears
  3. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
  5. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
  7. Victor Cruz – New York Giants
  8. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers
  9. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
  10. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears Read more

Which Browns’ Running Back Should Fantasy Owners Target?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Buried in an article about Johnny Manziel by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (click here for the article) was this quote from coach Mike Pettine regarding training camp battles:

“And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy from Terrance West from Towson, who I really like.”

The assumption has been that Tate would be handed the starting job, with West operating as a complimentary back.  That has certainly been reflected in their ADP in the early going (courtesy of Fantasy Pros):

  • Ben Tate – 56.4
  • Terrance West – 118.0

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Notable PPR Decliners: Wide Receiver Edition (Cordarrelle Patterson, Desean Jackson & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve already looked at some of the notable wide receiver risers when we look at a PPR league as opposed to a non-PPR league (click here to view).  What about those that go the other way?  Let’s take a look:


Cordarrelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings
PPR Formats – 22
Non-PPR Formats – 17

Patterson is going to be a heavily hyped receiver as draft days approach, and rightfully so.  His numbers were limited in his rookie season (45 receptions for 469 yards and 4 TD), but Norv Turner running the offense alone is going to help him.  However, where Patterson thrives is with the ball in his hands and his ability to make big plays.  To an extent Turner himself said that, in this recent quote from Fox Sports Minnesota (click here for the article): Read more

Is Arian Foster Worth Drafting Or Is He A Bust Waiting To Happen?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After being limited to just 8 games in 2013 due to a back injury, there is at least a shadow of doubt hanging over Arian Foster. However, that only adds to the potential draft day appeal.

We all know that talk this time of year is meaningless, but you have to like hearing things like this:

“In the past, we’ve had guys like Kevin Faulk, Danny Woodhead in this offense that have filled those types of roles,” said O’Brien, who served in various roles in the Patriots’ organization from 2007-11, “and now it looks like definitely Arian will be able to do that and more.”

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Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Training camps are officially underway and the preseason games are going to start before we know it.  Where did the time go?  Obviously our rankings are going to be constantly changing, so let’s start getting things updating our Top 15 tight ends:

1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints
2. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns
3. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos
4. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins
6. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers
7. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys
9. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens
10. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots Read more

Will Dennis Pitta Breakout In 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Ravens Dennis Pitta missed the bulk of 2013 due to surgery on his hip, though catching 20 passes over the final four games does give us reason for optimism. Though he managed just 169 yards and 1 TD, he was still a constant focus of the offense (33 targets).

With Gary Kubiak now tasked with offensive coordinator duties, that role may increase even more. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (click here for the article):

“Signed to a five-year, $32 million contract in March, the tight end is expected to have a versatile role in new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s offensive system. That includes everything from Pitta being split out as an extra wide receiver to working out of the backfield as well as traditional in-line tight end alignments.”

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Late Round Running Back Fliers Worth Taking (Latvius Murray & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When I say “flier”, I’m thinking about a player who may not even be drafted in most leagues but is just significant struggles or an injury away from making a monster impact. In the last few rounds of your draft, with an average ADP of 144 or greater, there certainly is no harm in making the selection and crossing your fingers. Even if they don’t pan out, they will be easily replaced.

Who is sitting atop my fliers list?  Let’s take a look:


Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders
We’ve already taken an in depth look at Murray, which you can read by clicking here. While the Raiders brought Darren McFadden back (injury risk) and signed Maurice Jones-Drew (looked like a shell of himself in 2013), neither are a lock to produce in 2014. If they stumble, or can’t suit up, it’s the intriguing Murray who will get his chance to show what he’s capable of. If you have a deep bench, he’s a player that needs to be drafted.

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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Why Greg Olsen Is A Tight End To Target

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It is easy to overlook the Panthers’ Greg Olsen among tight ends, but is that really a mistake you want to make? First, just look at the numbers he’s posted over the past two years:

  • 2012 – 69 receptions, 843 yards, 5 TD
  • 2013 – 73 receptions, 816 yards, 6 TD

More importantly, he has been targeted at least 100 times each of the past two seasons. That’s something that isn’t common for tight ends.  In fact, Olsen is one of only four tight ends to have accomplished that (joining Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez).  That alone shows how important of a role he plays on the passing game.

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Rich’s Random Ramblings: Three Fantasy Football Draft Mistakes

by Rich Justmann

It’s that time:  Fantasy Football!  OK maybe not yet.  We’ve only just begun the OTA’s but hey, it’s close enough.  I can almost hear Vince Lombardi “Gentlemen, this is a football” and Henry Jordan “Coach, could you slow down a little?”

Of course, with the advent of the football season comes the fantasy football drafts.  In this post I am discussing the mental side of the draft – not the rankings or the position sequence.  Rather, the focus is on your composure during the draft.  Here are three of the top mental mistakes fantasy football players make.

  1. Letting a bad pick influence your next pick.  Hey, to quote Rafiki, “It doesn’t matter.  It’s in the past.”  So if you made a bummer pick, forget it and make your next pick a good one.  Seriously, you don’t know if it really was a bad pick.  You’ll know for sure later, much later, but it may turn out to be your best pick of the draft! Read more