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Bounce Back or Bust: Will Keenan Allen Return To Prominence In 2015?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It wasn’t the number of receptions the Chargers’ Keenan Allen posted that was disappointing (77), it was his lack of explosiveness. The sophomore saw significant drop in both his yards per catch and TD from his rookie season:

  • 2013 – 14.7 // 8
  • 2014 – 10.2 // 4

Allen posted 319 yards after the catch last season, putting him 49th in the league. In his rookie year he ranked 25th in the league, with 437, so it makes sense that there are two things changing this season:

1) Allen has dropped weight
According to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com (click here for the article):

“Keenan Allen said he’s losing weight in order to play faster once the regular season begins. While the Cal product still had decent production in his second year in the NFL, he struggled shaking loose against the top corners in the league.” Read more

Top 10 Rookie Wide Receivers For 2015

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last year’s rookie wide receiving class was historic, but should fantasy owners expect an encore performance from this season’s group of rookies?  It’s highly unlikely, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be value.  Let’s take a look at how this year’s rookies rank for the coming year:

1) Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders
Is it really a surprise to see him sitting atop these rankings?  He’s not going to replicate the unbelievable success of Odell Beckham Jr. a year ago, but he’s going to step into the top receiver role and should be the go to guy for Derek Carr.  Coming off a season where he posted 124 catches for 1,727 yards and 16 TD at Alabama, he has WR1 upside (though that shouldn’t be expected).

2) Dorial Green-Beckham – Tennessee Titans
He’s landing in an ideal spot, as the Titans’ receiving corps has typically underwhelmed and he could quickly develop into the top target for Marcus Mariota.  Don’t read anything into him sliding to the second round in the draft, as it was simply off the field issues that caused it.  Listed at 6’5” he should be a red zone monster and he could quickly develop into the premier receiver from this class. Read more

Fantasy Throwdown: Jace Amaro vs. Eric Ebron: Which 2nd Year TE Will Emerge?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The 2014 tight end draft class could ultimately prove to be an impressive group, though they failed to make much of an impact in their rookie campaigns.  That shouldn’t have come as a surprise, since it normally takes tight ends a few years to become acclimated with the NFL game.  Now sophomores, which of the two more highly touted options has the best chance of emerging?  Let’s take a look:

Jace Amaro – New York Jets
Second Round Pick (49th overall)

Amaro actually got off to a great start to his rookie year, before disappearing in the second half of the season:

  • Games 1-8 – 32 receptions, 285 yards, 1 TD
  • Games 9-16 – 6 receptions, 60 yards, 1 TD Read more

Sleeper Spotlight: Could Tevin Coleman Emerge As Atlanta’s Top RB?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Something clearly needed to be done regarding the Falcons running back situation.  The numbers their backs posted in 2014 told us that:

  • Steven Jackson – 707 yards and 6 TD (3.7 YPC)
  • Devonta Freeman – 248 yards and 1 TD (3.8 YPC)
  • Jacquizz Rodgers – 217 yards and 1 TD (3.7 YPC)

Gone is Jackson and Rodgers, which would’ve left Freeman and Antone Smith on the depth chart.  We say would’ve, because the team invested their third round pick on Tevin Coleman.  Considering how pedestrian Freeman looked in his rookie season and the fact that Smith is more of a change-of-pace back, you would think there’s an opportunity for Coleman to rise to the top of the depth chart almost immediately. Read more

Early 2015 Rankings: Top 12 Wide Receivers (Post Free Agency): How Highly Ranked Is Beckham & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last year’s rookie wide receiver class was historically good, and you could argue for three of them to already be ranked among the Top 12 in the league (though, at the end of the day, Mike Evans fell just short).  While that’s certainly going to skew some people’s opinions on how this year’s rookies will produce, let’s take a look at how the sophomores and all the rest rank at this point (remember, these rankings could change significantly between now and fantasy draft time):

  1. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
  2. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
  4. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
  5. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
  7. Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Planning for the final week of the season is never easy, which is why many fantasy leagues wrap things up in Week 16.  You never know which teams are going to rest there starters, either for the entire game or at least part of it.  You also have teams not wanting to risk their player’s health, using minor injuries as a reason to sit someone down.  At this point it’s hard to forecast what team’s will do, so make sure you keep a close eye on the news (especially for teams that have already secured playoff spots):

 

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  3. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  5. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
  7. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  8. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. St. Louis
  9. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  10. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee Read more

Should Kerwynn Williams Be In Fantasy Lineups For Week 15?

by Ray Kuhn

Who is Kerwynn Williams?

Forget about fantasy owners, that was likely a question fans of the Arizona Cardinals as well as the Kansas City Chiefs were asking on Sunday. Until this past Friday, Williams was a practice squad player for the Cardinals who had never carried the ball in a regular season game.

Now, 19 carries and 100 yards later it is a question that fantasy owners have to be asking themselves as we head into Week 15.

When Williams was promoted to the 53 man roster it was merely a footnote, if anything. With Andre Ellington sidelined, now officially for the season, Arizona just wanted another running back available to them on game day. Well at least that was the assumption. Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 15 (Ryan Mathews & 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:

 

Denard Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
at Baltimore

Robinson was a hot name for a few weeks, but recently he’s slowed down considerably:

  • 11/23 (at Indianapolis) – 14 carries for 25 yards, 4 receptions for 47 yards
  • 11/30 (vs. NY Giants) – 11 carries for 44 yards, 3 receptions for 10 yards
  • 12/07 (vs. Houston) – 10 carries for 30 yards, 0 reception Read more

Digging Deep: Is Shonn Greene Someone Worth Considering In Week 13?

by Ray Kuhn

Shonn Greene is not an exciting fantasy option. In fact he is pretty boring. Greene doesn’t even fall into the category of being a good player in real life, just not that valuable for fantasy.  He’s simply not that good…

So then why does he get an article this week? In the last week of the regular season why should you even care about a running back who might not crack the Top 40 RB rankings? Is there any fantasy value coming out of the Tennessee backfield?

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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Latavius Murray Worth Grabbing Immediately?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

I wrote about the Raiders’ Latavius Murray a lot this past offseason, though the signing of Maurice Jones-Drew and the resigning of Darren McFadden appeared to render him unownable. We are just one week in and things have already changed dramatically.

First, Maurice Jones-Drew is already banged up having to undergo a procedure on his hand this past Monday. While we don’t know the specifics of yet, he hasn’t been practicing and appears primed to miss Week 2 (though that’s not a given).

You also have the complete in effectiveness of the top two running backs in Week 1:

  • Maurice Jones-Drew – 9 carries for 11 yards; 2 receptions for 12 yards
  • Darren McFadden – 4 carries for 15 yards; 1 receptions for 6 yards

Suddenly the idea of Murray making a major impact looks quite possible once again. In fact, if you play in a deeper format or are in need of help at RB, grabbing him now would actually be prudent. Read more