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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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Draft Day Decision: Who Should You Select Fifth Overall?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to assume that Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson are going to go 1-2-3, in some order. Matt Forte makes sense as the fourth pick, although it’s not 100% given that he goes in that spot (though he should). Where it really gets interesting is at #5, where the top players on your draft board will likely be:

  • Eddie Lacy
  • Calvin Johnson
  • Jimmy Graham

I know the idea of selecting Graham in the first round is in vogue this season, and it does make sense. He gives you a significant advantage over your opponents at tight end. Does it make any sense to select him fifth, though? You would be leaving a player who will likely outperform him, and by a fairly wide margin, on the board. It’s a pick I certainly couldn’t get behind.

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2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers: PPR Formats

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve looked at our non-PPR format wide receiver rankings, but what changes when PPR comes into play?  Let’s take a look at how things could stack up:

  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. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears
  8. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
  9. Victor Cruz – New York Giants
  10. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots
  12. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers Read more

2014 Projection: Why Le’Veon Bell Could Fall Short Of Some Lofty Expectations

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There’s a lot of hype surrounding the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell coming into the season, currently at #14 in average ADP according to fantasypros.com. It makes sense, as he rushed for 860 yards and 8 TD despite playing in just 13 games.

However, is there actually reason to be concerned? Just look at his yards per carry, by month (ignoring September due to the missed time):

  • October – 3.1
  • November – 3.4
  • December – 3.9

It would appear like he needs significant repetitions to make an impact, but you have to wonder if that will happen again. Remember, last season the Steelers had little behind him on the depth chart (Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones, among the mediocre options). This year they added LeGarrette Blount via free agency and Dri Archer in the draft, both of whom should see time.

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2013 Rookie Review: #25: Caleb Sturgis, K, Miami Dolphins

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Who were the best rookies from 2013?  What is their fantasy outlook for 2014?  We are going to be counting down the Top 25 rookies from a year ago to help fantasy owners determine who can be trusted for the coming year and who may need another year or two to grow.

Kicking off the list is a kicker, believe it or not, so let’s take a look at the Dolphins’ Caleb Sturgis:

Drafted:
5th round, 166th overall

2013 Stats:
26-for-34 on field goal attempts

2013 Review:
Sturgis was actually the only rookie to even attempt a field goal last season and he had fairly good results (including hitting 8 of 10 from between 40 and 49 yards). While he struggled from at least 50 yards (he connected on 3 of 7), he tied with sixth others for the most attempts at that distance.

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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Does The Return Of Rashard Mendenall Drain Andre Ellington’s Potential?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to the Cardinals officially website (click here for the article):

Back on the field was running back Rashard Mendenhall, who had been dealing with a bad toe. “Rashard looked very, very good today and it was nice to see him running like that again,” Arians said.

Arizona is coming off their bye week, affording Mendenhall a chance to get healthy. He had missed Week 8, allowing Andre Ellington to play a larger role in the offense as he erupted for 154 yards and 1 TD on 15 carries.

Unfortunately, a healthy Mendenhall will likely help to limit Ellington’s upside. As it is the Cardinals gave Stepfan Taylor 14 carries in Mendenhall’s absence and the Arizona coaching staff has repeatedly said that they want to limit Ellington’s snaps.

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Jimmy Graham, Danny Amendola, CJ Spiller & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 8 (for most teams anyways) 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:

 

Jimmy Graham – Tght End – New Orleans Saints
According to Mike Triplett (via Twitter):

“#Saints Jimmy Graham returned to practice on a limited basis Friday and is officially listed as questionable. Expect a game-day decision.”

The Saints play at 1:00 PM EST, so at least we will have an answer early enough to make our decisions. The problem is expectations all week have been that even if Graham does play he will be limited. The decision on if to use him or not, assuming he’s playing, will strictly come down to your potential alternative.

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Sell Low Running Backs: Maurice Jones-Drew & Ryan Mathews

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Wait, shouldn’t the title read Sell High Running Backs?  Maybe it was a typo and should read Buy Low Running Backs?  Unfortunately that’s not the case.  Sometimes players just haven’t produced and there’s little hope going forward, so we have to take what we can get and move on.  Let’s take a look at Maurice Jones-Drew and Ryan Mathews to see if they fall into this category:

Maurice Jones-Drew
The Jacksonville Jaguars are simply a bad football team and things just don’t appear to be looking up. First they traded away Eugene Moore than saw Luke Joeckel lost for the year due to injury. As if things weren’t bad enough, their offensive line is now completely in shambles.

As it is they fall behind early and often, leaving the team to abandon the run and throw the ball in an attempt to keep up. That has helped limit Jones-Drew’s touches, but he’s struggled even when he has been given the football averaging just 2.8 yards per carry (he has one game averaging more than 3.0 yards per carry). Throw in that he’s no longer an asset in the passing game (6 receptions after 14 in 2012) and where is the upside?

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Fantasy Fallout: Giants vs. Bears: Brandon Jacobs’ Turns Back The Clock, Brandon Marshall Breaks Out & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday night games have generally been a disaster for fantasy owners, though last night’s game between the Giants and Bears was the exception to that rule.  Of course there were some disappointing performances, but there were also some solid and great ones.  Let’s take a look at all of the skill players and see how they fared:

 

Quarterbacks
Eli Manning – New York Giants
14-26, 239 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Grade – D

Despite having a running game, Manning still struggled (including throwing 2 INT seemingly before the clock even started).  It wasn’t his worst start of the season, as it’s going to take a lot to replace that pitiful game in Carolina, but this was close.  The touchdown throw saved it from being a complete failure and we still have to think that there are going to be better days ahead given the track record and wide receivers around him.  That said, he’s a QB2, at best, at this point.

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Waiver Worthy: Thaddeus Lewis Starting For Buffalo… What’s The Fallout?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Mike Rodak (via Witter):

“Bills announce that QB Thad Lewis will be promoted from the practice squad and start Sunday against Bengals”

It goes to show just how much the Bills think of Jeff Tuel. Don’t be surprised to see the Bills bring in a veteran in order to fill the void until E.J. Manuel is healthy (which has been heavily rumored in recent days). However, even if they sign one this week, it’s hard to imagine them getting up to speed quick enough to start Week 6 (just look at Josh Freeman in Minnesota as a prime example).

While Lewis has NFL experience (he made a start for the Browns last season), you have to think that the Bills offense will be geared around C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson this week. They will take on a Bengals defense that has been solid against the run, allowing 95.6 rushing yards per game.  That said, Buffalo won’t have much of a choice and, if healthy, but running backs should get enough touches to make them considerations in all formats.

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