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Deep League Sleeper: Could The Raiders’ Seth Roberts Emerge As A Viable WR Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When you think of Oakland Raiders skill position players, who are the first names that come to mind?  Most likely it would be:

  1. Amari Cooper (WR)
  2. Latavius Murray (RB)
  3. Michael Crabtree (WR)
  4. DeAndre Washington (RB)

For some the names of Clive Walford (TE) and Andre Holmes (WR) could also be in the mix.  That’s six players before maybe you reach wide receiver Seth Roberts (and that’s a big maybe).  Would it surprise you to learn that he was actually third on the team in receiving yards last season (480), despite being a tertiary option with just 55 targets? Read more

Looking Into the Numbers: Pittsburgh Steelers: Who Replaces Heath Miller, & More

by Ray Kuhn

Fantasy football ultimately is all about the numbers, though the NFL itself is about significantly more than that. That said we have come a long way in the past few years when it comes to equating numbers and statistics to what we see on the field and helping to predict and explain both past and future performance. As we inch closer to the kickoff of another NFL season, we’ll take a trip through the league and look at two statistics for each team and what it means from a fantasy perspective.

Today let’s take a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers:

8: Jesse James’ Career Reception Total

With Heath Miller retiring someone needs to replace him, though Pittsburgh is still searching for that player. The initial thought was that it would be Ladarius Green, but the timetable for when he will return to the field is still in doubt.

That brings us to James… Read more

NFL Stock Report: Denver Broncos Edition: Which QB Is On The Rise & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Throughout the season some players will see their value rise, while others will see it decline.  There are numerous things that can cause it, whether it’s poor play, injury or something else entirely.  Let’s take a look at a pair of Denver Broncos who are certainly heading in different directions as we head into the all important third preseason game:

 

Paxton Lynch – Quarterback – Denver Broncos
Just when we thought he was locked in as the #3 quarterback to enter the season, there now appears to be an opportunity for him to claim the Week 1 starting job. That’s what happens when the two players above you on the depth chart fail to display ball security:

  • Mark Sanchez – 1 INT, 2 lost fumbles
  • Trevor Siemian – 1 INT Read more

Quick Hit: Can Rishard Matthews Emerge As A Top 40 WR In 2016?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When we think of Tennessee Titans wide receivers the first name that came to mind was likely Dorial Beckham-Green. The often hyped sophomore certainly had the potential to be a superstar, though he consistently fell into the coaching staff’s doghouse and was ultimately deal to the Eagles.

Flying under-the-radar had been the signing of Rishard Matthews from the Miami Dolphins, though it’s a move that’s starting to garner more and more attention. A rib injury limited him to just 11 games last season, and in that final game he saw just 1 target. First lets look at the numbers he did post over 10 games:

43 receptions, 662 yards, 4 TD

Now, let’s take that and project the same pace over a full 16 games:

69 receptions, 1,059 yards, 6 TD Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Is There A Deep Sleeper Worth Watching In New England With Dion Lewis Out?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe (click here for the article):

Running back Dion Lewis will be sidelined for another 8-10 weeks after he endures a second surgery on his left knee, according to a source. The ACL, which was repaired in November, is OK, but the Patriots’ medical staff determined they need to clean up an unspecified area in the knee.”

It’s a blow, but it’s not like New England will be left completely bare in the backfield.  There are options with FLEX potential, as well as a sleeper who could really emerge.  Let’s take a look:

LeGarrette Blount – He averaged 4.3 yards per carry last season (165 carries for 703 yards) and always figured to operate as the early down/short yardage back.  We all know that it’s impossible to predict what the Patriots are going to do from week-to-week, but Blount should be a decent bet for 12-14 carries and around 50 yards per week.  Consider him as a potential FLEX option, though he’s better suited as a RB3/RB4 to have on call off your bench. Read more

Looking Into the Numbers: Cincinnati Bengals Edition: Could Tyler Boyd Make an Impact & More

by Ray Kuhn

Fantasy football ultimately is all about the numbers, though the NFL itself is about significantly more than that. That said we have come a long way in the past few years when it comes to equating numbers and statistics to what we see on the field and helping to predict and explain both past and future performance. As we inch closer to the kickoff of another NFL season, we’ll take a trip through the league and look at two statistics for each team and what it means from a fantasy perspective.

Today let’s take a look at the Cincinnati Bengals:

61: Net Receptions the Bengals Lost from the Wide Receiver Position

Mohamed Sanu now calls Atlanta home and Marvin Jones signed with the Lions this off-season. The Bengals still have A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, although his status to open the season is in doubt, and they signed Brandon LaFell and drafted Tyler Boyd to help fill the gaps. Read more

Is There Hope For Ameer Abdullah To Post A Strong Sophomore Season?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Detroit Lions are primed to open 2016 with a similar depth chart at running back as they had a year ago, with some minor changes:

  • Stevan Ridley
  • Ameer Abdullah
  • Theo Riddick
  • Zach Zenner

All you really need to do is replace Ridley with Joique Bell and it’s identical.  Last year’s group hardly impressed, averaging 3.8 yards per carry, with Abdullah leading the way with 597 rushing yards.  Sure Riddick emerged as a pass catching option (80 receptions), but he averaged 3.1 YPC and is a third-down back at best.

So what makes us think that anything is going to be different?  We know Ridley isn’t the answer, so the onus will be on Abdullah and whether or not he’s capable of rebounding from his pedestrian rookie season. Read more

Sleeper Spotlight: Could The 49ers Vance McDonald Be 2016s Breakout Tight End?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end has become a very deep position, so there’s little reason to reach for someone on draft day. There is also enough talent available that rolling the dice on a complete flier doesn’t make much sense, so why even discuss the 49ers’ Vance McDonald? At the very least he’s a player we should be monitoring off the waiver wire, as the potential is there for him to emerge as a Top 15 option.

When given a chance in the second half of the season he totaled 23 receptions for 281 yards and 3 TD. Those numbers aren’t going to blow you away, but simply replicating them over a course of 16 games means roughly 45 catches, 550 yards and 6 TD (to use round numbers).

Now what happens if he can take a step forward?

We all know the team’s receiving corps is lacking, especially with Anquan Boldin out of the picture, and with Chip Kelly now the head coach the offense should be extremely up tempo. That means more opportunities for everyone, and McDonald could easily operate as a a safety valve for whoever is under center. Read more

Draft Day Decision: Is Kevin White A Player Worth Targeting In The Middle Rounds?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

A first round pick (seventh overall) last year, it’s easy to forget about Kevin White after a stress fracture in his leg kept him off the field for the entire 2015 campaign.  That would obviously be a mistake.  He has the entire skill set teams look for from a wide receiver, as noted by NFL.com prior to the draft:

He’s not just a product of West Virginia’s system — he’s talented. White showed off 23 reps on the bench press and a blazing 4.35 40 at the combine, proving he has the top-end speed to go with the size and strength. White came into West Virginia with very limited confidence, according to team insiders, but when he left, he had realized his rare talent. White lacks the polish of Amari Cooper, but some teams already believe he has the best upside of any wide receiver in this draft.”

There could be some early bumps, given the missed time, but there’s little reason to believe that he’s not going to hit the ground running.  Skills are one thing, but will the opportunity also be there?  When we start looking at the depth chart, it certainly appears so. Read more

Looking Into the Numbers: Miami Dolphins Edition (DeVante Parker’s Emergence & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Fantasy football ultimately is all about the numbers, though the NFL itself is about significantly more than that. That said we have come a long way in the past few years when it comes to equating numbers and statistics to what we see on the field and helping to predict and explain both past and future performance. As we inch closer to the kickoff of another NFL season, we’ll take a trip through the league and look at two statistics for each team and what it means from a fantasy perspective.

Today let’s take a look at the Miami Dolphins:

 

$1.5 Million: The Pay Cut Jordan Cameron Took to Remain on Miami

Cameron has talent and expectations, or at least in the past he did. Fantasy owners were optimistic entering his first season with Miami, but the results were not there. Previously one of the knocks against him was his inability to stay healthy, but that wasn’t what plagued him last season. Despite playing in all 16 games the performance wasn’t there as he posted 35 catches for 386 yards and 3 TD. Read more