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Should Kerwynn Williams Be In Fantasy Lineups For Week 15?

by Ray Kuhn

Who is Kerwynn Williams?

Forget about fantasy owners, that was likely a question fans of the Arizona Cardinals as well as the Kansas City Chiefs were asking on Sunday. Until this past Friday, Williams was a practice squad player for the Cardinals who had never carried the ball in a regular season game.

Now, 19 carries and 100 yards later it is a question that fantasy owners have to be asking themselves as we head into Week 15.

When Williams was promoted to the 53 man roster it was merely a footnote, if anything. With Andre Ellington sidelined, now officially for the season, Arizona just wanted another running back available to them on game day. Well at least that was the assumption. Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 15 (Ryan Mathews & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column).  Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:

 

Denard Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
at Baltimore

Robinson was a hot name for a few weeks, but recently he’s slowed down considerably:

  • 11/23 (at Indianapolis) – 14 carries for 25 yards, 4 receptions for 47 yards
  • 11/30 (vs. NY Giants) – 11 carries for 44 yards, 3 receptions for 10 yards
  • 12/07 (vs. Houston) – 10 carries for 30 yards, 0 reception Read more

Digging Deep: Is Shonn Greene Someone Worth Considering In Week 13?

by Ray Kuhn

Shonn Greene is not an exciting fantasy option. In fact he is pretty boring. Greene doesn’t even fall into the category of being a good player in real life, just not that valuable for fantasy.  He’s simply not that good…

So then why does he get an article this week? In the last week of the regular season why should you even care about a running back who might not crack the Top 40 RB rankings? Is there any fantasy value coming out of the Tennessee backfield?

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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Latavius Murray Worth Grabbing Immediately?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

I wrote about the Raiders’ Latavius Murray a lot this past offseason, though the signing of Maurice Jones-Drew and the resigning of Darren McFadden appeared to render him unownable. We are just one week in and things have already changed dramatically.

First, Maurice Jones-Drew is already banged up having to undergo a procedure on his hand this past Monday. While we don’t know the specifics of yet, he hasn’t been practicing and appears primed to miss Week 2 (though that’s not a given).

You also have the complete in effectiveness of the top two running backs in Week 1:

  • Maurice Jones-Drew – 9 carries for 11 yards; 2 receptions for 12 yards
  • Darren McFadden – 4 carries for 15 yards; 1 receptions for 6 yards

Suddenly the idea of Murray making a major impact looks quite possible once again. In fact, if you play in a deeper format or are in need of help at RB, grabbing him now would actually be prudent. Read more

Is Michael Crabtree Worth A Fifth Round Draft Pick?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you want to select the 49ers Michael Crabtree it is going to cost you around a fifth round, given his current average ADP of 47.4. Is a player who only played 5 games a year ago really worth that type of commitment?

The quick answer is yes, but let’s look at why.

As we have said before, when Crabtree and Colin Kaepernick are on the field together they simply have the potential to be electric. We particularly saw it over the final eight games of 2012, when Crabtree posted 46 receptions for 665 yards and 6 TD. Even in his limited time last season he managed 14.9 yards per catch.

Just for comparison, in the first eight games of 2012 Crabtree averaged 11.3 yards per reception. In 2011 he was at 12.1. Read more

Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The top of the rankings remain unchanged, but after the Top 5 questions and injuries have sent things into flux (most notably due to the under performance of Robert Griffin III and the rib injury to Cam Newton).  How do things shake out just over a week before the start of the season?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos (1)
  2. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (2)
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (3)
  4. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions (4)
  5. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (5)
  6. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers (7)
  7. Tom Brady – New England Patriots (9)
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers (8)
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (10)
  10. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins (6) Read more

Draft Day Decision: Is Cam Newton Worth The Risk?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Who is Cam Newton going to throw the ball to? It’s a fair concern and one that you have to think is going to drag down his draft day value. With Steve Smith jettisoned in the offseason, it definitely is a questionable cast of characters in Carolina…

Jerricho Cotchery?!?!?
Jason Avant?!?!?

Throw in his ankle, which required surgery in the offseason, as well as the new rib injury and it’s fair to have some significant concerns as we head into 2014. It’s also not that owners are being unreasonable, with his average ADP of 61.6 (and moving down, given the recent injury). Still, it’s easy to forget just how productive of an option Newton has the ability to be. Read more

ADP Analysis: Does The Rookie Running Back Class Bring Draft Day Appeal?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know rookies carry a little bit of a risk to them, regardless of the position.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at where the top rookie running backs are currently being drafted (average ADP courtesy of Fantasy Pros) to try and determine if there is value or not:

 

Bishop Sankey – Tennessee Titans
Current ADP – 60.0

It’s no surprise that Sankey is the first rookie running back coming off the board, as he’s the only one who appeared primed to open the season as the starter. That said, he’s been playing second fiddle to Shonn Greene all preseason and has also had issues with ball security. Read more

2014 Projection: Is Eric Decker Now Being Undervalued?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Is it possible that Eric Decker is being undervalued by fantasy owners? We all know that he’s not going to be the player he’s been in Denver the past two seasons with Peyton Manning throwing him the football:

  • 2012 – 85 receptions, 1,064 yards, 13 TD
  • 2013 – 87 receptions, 1,288 yards, 11 TD

Anyone expecting him to come close to those numbers in the Jets’ inept offense would be making a major mistake. That said, his current ADP of 93.6 feels like an over correction to the change in locale. Read more

Draft Day Decision: Why Zac Stacy Is Worth A Second Round Selection

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While there significantly more hyped rookie running backs heading into 2013, the Rams’ Zac Stacy arguably had the biggest impact. As the Rams looked to fill the shoes vacated by Steven Jackson, Stacy emerged as the go to running back as he rushed for 973 yards and 7 TD in just 14 games.

Those would be solid numbers on their own, but there are two things working in his favor for an even bigger campaign.

1) This Tweet from Jim Thomas (earlier in the offseason), quoting coach Jeff Fischer:

Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy’s evolving role with Rams: “I think over time, he’ll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy.”

2) Through September he had just 1 carry for 4 yards. Read more