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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!

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

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It’s that time of year again! I mean, it’s never too early to start planning for 2016 fantasy baseball season, is it? As a loyal Rotoprofessor reader/supporter, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to reserve your copy our 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!

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Make sure to click here to pre-order the guide today! Read more

Sell High Candidate: Is Devonta Freeman For Real Or Should We Cash In?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Can Devonta Freeman really keep this up?  A matchup with the Saints on Thursday night, despite the Falcons taking the loss, failed to slow him down:

Rushing – 13 carries for 100 yards and 1 TD
Receiving – 8 receptions for 56 yards and 1 TD

It’s the third time he’s reached 100 rushing yards in his past four games (and he’s over 100 total yards in each of the past four games).  He’s also been a TD machine, scoring in five straight contests (9 rushing TD and 1 receiving TD).

There were doubts entering the year, but an injury to Tevin Coleman (he missed Week 3 & 4) opened the door and he busted through it with his four consecutive monster performances: Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2015): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries are playing a significant role across the NFL and tight end is no exception.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins is already out and we are unsure if Jason Witten and Delanie Walker, two of the better options, are going to suit up.  Throw in the poor performances from Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham over the first two weeks and things are in complete flux.  Do we ride the hot hand or do we go with the player with the higher upside?  With that question out there, let’s take a look at our rankings for the current week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Jacksonville
  2. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  3. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  4. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Chicago
  5. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Green Bay
  6. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Seattle
  7. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  8. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Diego
  9. Jordan Cameron – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
  10. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – vs. Pittsburgh Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2015): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end is often a frustrating position for fantasy owners, as we watch players rise and fall without warning.  How do we view someone like Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who posted a big Week 1?  How about the disappointment from Greg Olsen?  It’s volatile, to say the least, but let’s try to sort things out and take a look at how things shake out:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  2. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Green Bay
  3. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  4. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Houston
  5. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  6. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. San Diego
  7. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. St. Louis
  8. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  9. Ladarius Green – San Diego Chargers – at Cincinnati
  10. Jordan Cameron – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville Read more

Thursday Night Lineup Decisions: Markus Wheaton, DeAngelo Williams & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Setting your lineup for Week 1 is often difficult.  Making the tough decisions for the Thursday night game?  It’s nearly impossible, but here’s a look at three questionable situations for tonight’s game in an effort to help:

 

Patriots Running Backs
LeGarrette Blount is suspended…

Jonas Gray is gone…

For those desperate for a running back this week you would think the Patriots backfield would provide an opportunity.  However the one thing we’ve learned about New England over the years is to expect the unexpected.  While Brandon Bolden may offer the highest upside, it’s impossible to imagine him getting the lion’s share of the work.  In the mix will be James White, Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis, and it’s not unfathomable to think that any one of the three will get hot and do the bulk of the damage over Bolden. Read more

To Draft or Not To Draft: Is Joique Bell Still Worth Targeting? Not Really…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com (click here for the article):

But here’s your friendly reminder that Joique Bell remains the Lions’ No. 1 tailback — for now, at least.

Bell was activated off the physically unable to perform list Monday, and immediately returned to repping with the first-unit offense ahead of Abdullah, Zenner, Theo Riddick and George Winn. He was listed first on the depth chart, too, though he is not expected to play in Thursday’s preseason finale against Buffalo”

Obviously a lot of the attention for fantasy owners has gone to Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner, as Bell has been sidelined, but it’s important that we don’t forget completely.  At this point Bell is going to be the starter…  But the key words in the quote above also can’t be ignored:

“for now, at least” Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Has Zach Zenner Thrust Himself Onto Fantasy Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When you think of the Detroit Lions’ running backs you immediately come to Joique Bell and Ameer Abdullah, but could a new name be forcing their way into the mix?  Zach Zenner, an undrafted rookie, exploded last night for 85 yards and 1 TD on 8 carries (including a 41 yard run) and suddenly has thrust his name into the conversation.

While there was more attention on him yesterday, coming in the “dress rehearsal” game and seeing him play with the first team offense, but he’s actually been opening eyes all preseason:

  • Week 1 – 13 carries for 55 yards
  • Week 2 – 4 carries for 22 yards

All told he has 162 yards and 1 TD on 25 carries, good for a 6.5 yards/carry.  Matthew Stafford sung his praise after the game, with the following quote coming courtesy of Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press (click here for the article): Read more

Stock Declining: Rashad Jennings Is Quickly Falling Off Fantasy Maps

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Dan Graziano of ESPN (click here for the article):

“It’s been a good summer for New York Giants running back Andre Williams.  He’s worked hard to shore up the holes in his game, most specifically his ability to catch the ball, and his improvements have led to a significant number of first-team reps in training camp and in the preseason. It’s not out of the question that Williams overtakes Rashad Jennings for the Giants’ starting running back job at some point this season, possibly even at the start.”

Obviously this news is going to make Williams appear more attractive, especially at his current late round ADP (155.2, RB50).  At the same time does anyone really expect him to be “the man” for the Giants?  Jennings is still going to be in the mix…  Shane Vereen is there for passing downs and there’s been talk of more rushing attempts…  And the passing game with Odell Beckham Jr., we all know what that’s capable of… Read more