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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 (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

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Has Bishop Sankey Become A Running Back To Target?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve long had questions regarding Bishop Sankey and his ability to run with the Tennessee Titans running back job.  With both David Cobb & Antonio Andrews waiting in the wings, Sankey is going to need to consistently produce in order to both win the starting job and keep it all season long.  He made a strong case in the second preseason game:

6 carries for 45 yards (7.5 yards/carry)

According to John Glennon of The Tennessean (click here for the article), there were two potential reasons for improvements of Sankey:

Whether Bishop Sankey ran with more determination or the re-shuffled offensive line was much better, the “first-team” running game looked much improved. Sankey said that running backs coach Sylvester Croom emphasized hitting the hole quickly this week, and Sankey appeared to run with more purpose against the Rams.” Read more

What Does Chris Johnson’s Arrival Mean For Andre Ellington? Nothing…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic (click here for the article) regarding the Cardinals recent signing of Chris Johnson:

“But Johnson has been promised nothing. He could end splitting carries with Andre Ellington or find himself listed behind rookie David Johnson on the depth chart. Arians left open the possibility that Johnson, should he earn it, might be able to become the Cardinals’ featured tailback.”

Does anyone really believe this?  Johnson has never come close to matching the success he showed in his sophomore season back in 2009, when he rushed for 2006 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.  Sure he’s had 1,000 yard seasons since, but it was more based on the amount of carries he received while in Tennessee.  Just look at his subsequent YPC:

  • 2010 – 4.3
  • 2011 – 4.0
  • 2012 – 4.5
  • 2013 – 3.9
  • 2014 – 4.3 Read more