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Will Allen Robinson (Or Similar WR) Be Viable Options This Week?

by Ray Kuhn

Speculation doesn’t matter. Potential, that is meaningless at this point in the season. What is important though, is results.

And there are players, who for one reason or another, just haven’t produced them this season. At this point in the season, there is no need to be taking risks. If there is a risk to be taken, it should be in situations where upside is plentiful. There is no tomorrow, and you should plan accordingly.

Who would have thought this? We are in Week 16, and Allen Robinson is ranked 44th among wide receivers by RotoProfessor. It certainly isn’t a sudden development as Robinson has struggled all season, but it is a bit surprising to see him not even ranked as a WR3.

After all, Robinson was either a late first round or early second round selection in drafts this summer. We are well beyond the point of equating Robinson’s roster status to where he was drafted, and it is very possible you weren’t able to overcome his poor performance, but the time is now. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 15: Todd Gurley, Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

 

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley – Running Back
Part of the problem is likely the supporting cast, and that’s fair, but regardless of the reason Gurley has taken a massive step backwards from his rookie season.  Just look at the numbers thus far:

  • 2015 – 229 carries, 1,106 yards, 10 TD
  • 2016 – 227 carries, 740 yards, 5 TD Read more

Snap Count: How Much Potential Value Does Darren Sproles Have?

According to Zach Berman (via Twitter), the Eagles running back snaps in Week 9 were as follows:

  • Darren Sproles – 60
  • Ryan Mathews – 8
  • Wendell Smallwood – 4

Reuben Frank later tweeted:

“Pederson acknowledged he needs to focus more on running the ball & having Wentz throw less rest of season. Said Sproles will be lead back.”


Thoughts:
Considering the snap count, Frank’s tweet really shouldn’t come as a surprise. Sproles racked up 16 touches, compared to 6 for Mathews. Considering the number of plays Mathews was on the field for, that’s actually a surprising number of touches and not something we’d be willing to depend on moving forward. Read more

Deep League Diving: Is The Cardinals’ Jaron Brown Worth A Speculative Add?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kent Somers recently tweeted:

“Jaron Brown has to play more earlier in games. Producing. Michael Floyd isn’t.”

It may not be groundbreaking analysis, but it’s something that certainly makes sense.  Just look at the numbers for the Cardinals’ wide receivers through the first three weeks of the season:

  • Larry Fitzgerald – 20 receptions on 32 targets (62.5%)
  • Michael Floyd – 9 receptions on 24 targets (37.5%)
  • John Brown – 8 receptions on 18 targets (44.4%)
  • Jaron Brown – 6 receptions on 10 targets (60.0%)

Given those numbers it’s fair to wonder if it’s Carson Palmer who is really the problem.  It’s not like Floyd is the only unproductive receiver, with John Brown also failing to convert many of his opportunities.  Both were significantly better last season, with Palmer at QB, so it makes sense to try and fix the problem as opposed to making sweeping changes. Read more

Without Tony Romo, Is There Reason To Sell High On Dez Bryant?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously since the news of Tony Romo’s injury broke all eyes have been on rookie Dak Prescott, who will be stepping into the starters role. However what about standout wide receiver Dez Bryant? Can he still be counted on or would fantasy owners be wise to sell now? First, let’s take a look at the numbers Bryant put up in six games without Romo a year ago:

20 catches, 282 yards, 2 TD

Of course Bryant was battling his own injuries, but just over 3 catches for 47 yards per game is as pedestrian as you get.  In the one start Romo missed in 2014, Bryant managed a meager 2 catches for 15 yards and 1 TD. He did post a big performance in the final game of 2013, with 8 catches for 99 yards and 1 TD, but that appears to be the exception not the rule.

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Streaming Quarterbacks: Week 1: Old Faces In New Places Make For Upside Plays

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Have you been forced to stream QB, whether it’s due to the suspension of Tom Brady, the injury to Teddy Bridgewater or a strategic decision?  Here are options owned in fewer than 50% of ESPN leagues that are worth considering for Week 1:

 

Brock Osweiler – Houston Texans
vs. Chicago

Last season the Bears allowed 31 passing TD, tied for fifth most in the league.  They didn’t do much to upgrade the secondary in the offseason (though they did strengthen the front seven, which will help), and the unit remains a serious concern.

While it is just the preseason, Osweiler thrived in the important third preseason game to the tune of 11-13 (84.6% completion rate), 146 yards and 1 TD.  That performance came against the Arizona Cardinals, generally viewed as one of the elite defenses in the league.  Obviously we don’t know who was on the field and who wasn’t, but the performance was eye-popping none the less. Read more

What’s The Outlook For Wentz & Philadelphia’s Skill Players After The Bradford Trade?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to Adam Caplan (via Twitter):

“#Eagles are planning on starting Carson Wentz against the visiting #Browns if he’s recovered enough from his rib injury, sources said.”

 

Thoughts:
This news comes in the wake of the trade that sent Sam Bradford to Minnesota (in exchange for a first round pick and a fourth round pick).  It’s a bit of a surprise that they are going to push the rookie so quickly, with Chase Daniel still on the roster and Wentz getting limited opportunities in the preseason (he hasn’t played since the first game), but not a significant one.  Philadelphia traded up to get Wentz, and in this era when you pay that price for an early round QB you expect to get immediate results.

The question is, what exactly can Wentz bring to the table?  Here’s how NFL.com described him prior to the draft: Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: With Teddy Bridgewater Out, Is There Any Value In Minnesota’s WR Corps?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

By now we’ve all heard the news of the devastating knee injury suffered by Teddy Bridgewater, ending his season.  It will be interesting to see how the Vikings proceed, but for now Shaun Hill appears primed to take the reins of the offense.  There are ample quarterbacks available, if you believe the rumors (like Mark Sanchez), though we can’t assume anything and even if they make a move how much of an improvement will it be?

The offense was always going to run through Adrian Peterson, who remains the only true “weapon” to target.  Is there anyone else who could hold value?  Let’s take a look:

 

Charles Johnson – Wide Receiver
He’s coming off a miserable season, though it was later revealed that it was at least partially marred by injury.  He’s gotten strong praise this preseason, though has managed just 3 receptions for 74 yards and 1 TD in the preseason.  He has 40 receptions in 23 career games, and it’s impossible to imagine him having a major impact with a second (or third) tier quarterback running the show. Read more

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