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Is The Raiders’ DeAndre Washington A Sleeper Worth Selecting?

by Ray Kuhn

Where a player was selected in the draft obviously matters as roster decisions, depth charts and initial playing time can all generally be tied back to it. For the most part, anyways, though it’s a little bit less of a factor today than it once was.  That is especially true when it comes to the running back position. That is the position where depth charts have an ever decreasing value, and most teams will have multiple running backs who will have fantasy value throughout the season.

There were many running backs taken in the draft ahead of DeAndre Washington (Oakland), and the majority of them came with greater buzz and name recognition. However there will likely be any better values coming out of this year’s rookie class. I’m not going to say that he is going to outperform Ezekiel Elliot or Derrick Henry, but Washington will likely be just a step or two behind.

Let’s start by taking a quick look at Washington’s college career at Texas Tech. Read more

Is There Too Much Risk To Invest In Brock Osweiler As Anything More Than A Bench Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was a bit of a surprise when Brock Osweiler bolted Denver to sign with the Houston Texans.  Obviously money talks, though you could also argue that he moves somewhere that he will be in position to thrive:

  • DeAndre Hopkins (arguably the premier WR in the league) is at his disposal
  • The team added Will Fuller to start across from him
  • Lamar Miller was added in the offseason, which will give the team a running game to help keep defenses honest

It’s hard not to like the situation, the question is if Osweiler can take advantage of it.  In his first true taste in the NFL he completed 61.8% of his passes, throwing for 1,967 yards, 10 TD and 6 INT.  That said there obviously is a question as to whether or not he’s going to be able to thrive on deeper throws: Read more

Bounce Back Candidate: Beyond The Weight Loss, There Are Ample Reasons To Believe In Eddie Lacy

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Eddie Lacy was thought of as a can’t miss option entering 2015, though that ultimately proved to be far from accurate.  Instead of producing like a Top 5 running back Lacy found himself benched and buried down the depth chart for much of the season.  Sharing time with James Starks, here’s how things ended up being split:

  • Eddie Lacy – 187 carries, 758 yards, 3 TD
  • James Starks – 148 carries, 601 yards, 2 TD

While the numbers look close, Starks added 43 receptions for 392 yards and 3 TD compared to 20 receptions for 188 yards and 2 TD from Lacy.  The question now is if we should anticipate a similar split as we head into 2016, or if Lacy can once again stake claim to the lead role.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN early this offseason (click here for the article):

“According to one source, Lacy has lost between 15-18 pounds since the end of last season.” Read more

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