Archive for Player Analysis

Lineup Decision: Should Cam Newton Be In Your Lineup Tonight?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were high hopes for a rebound for Cam Newton this season, but it hasn’t been the case. A preseason rib injury has certainly played a role in that failure, as has the failure in the running game. The question is, not only if he can turn things around but can he do it tonight against the Saints?

Part of the problem is a lack of weapons. Outside of rookie Kelvin Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen, what do the Panthers have? Jerricho Cotchery? Jason Avant?

Just to make matters a little bit worse for Newton tonight, the Saints have allowed the second fewest points per week to opposing tight ends. Their 28 receptions and 275 yards are second fewest in the league and they are one of six teams to allow just 1 TD. Read more

St. Louis Backfield Blues – What to do about those Rams RB?

by Ray Lin

If you’ve had any of the Rams running backs in fantasy this season, you probably know what it’s like to get Belichick-ed. Pure frustration. This is why in theory, investing in workhorses is so highly recommended come draft time.

I say “in theory” because the assumption was that Zac Stacy did in fact fall under the workhorse category, joining the likes of Marshawn Lynch, Alfred Morris, Matt Forte, etc. Stacy played on 56.3% of the Rams offensive snaps last season, which was actually more than Morris (52.8%) did in Washington.

This season Stacy has been a colossal disappointment, especially at his 2nd round ADP. Undrafted sophomore Benny Cunningham and rookie third-rounder Tre Mason have severely eaten into Stacy’s snaps and carries. A breakdown: Read more

Quick Hit: Is Julian Edelman Quickly Falling Off The Fantasy Map?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that the Patriots are hurting a bit at wide receiver, so the snap count (courtesy of Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston) from Week 8 is quite telling:

  • Brandon LaFell – 61
  • Julian Edelman – 45
  • Danny Amendola – 38
  • Brian Tyms – 17

Reiss adds that, “Edelman led all receivers by playing 45 of the first 52 offensives snaps but then was kept on the sidelines for the remainder of the game. The Patriots didn’t announce an in-game injury for Edelman, who had two drops. We’ll see if something shows up on the injury report this week, or if Edelman was just taken out in favor of Amendola and Tyms based on performance or something else.” Read more

Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 9 (Chris Ivory & 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:


Chris Ivory – New York Jets
at Kansas City

Sure he is the “lead” back in New York, but how much does that really mean? After falling behind early, in part thanks to a peculiar game plan where they went pass heavy, Ivory turned 13 carries into 43 yards though his day was saved thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns. Of course, Kansas City is the only team in the league yet to allow a running back to find the end zone. Read more

Three Wide Receivers I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 9 (Michael Floyd & 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:


Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens
at Pittsburgh

Smith has actually struggled since the calendar turned to October, having just one true standout game (receptions/yards/TD):

  • October 5 – 5/34/0
  • October 12 – 5/110/1
  • October 19 – 3/67/0
  • October 26 – 3/35/0 Read more

Week 8 Observations & Musings: Is Arian Foster A Candidate To Sell, Sammy Watkins Emergin & More

by Matthew Gordan

Tom Brady is proving many people wrong right, myself included. His play and outlook have undergone a 180 degree turn over the past few weeks. Obviously Rob Gronkowski getting healthier has certainly helped as he is an easy elite option, but I still don’t consider Brady one just yet. Definitely Top 10, but with room to rise as long as his offensive line continues to keep him clean. They’re still the biggest question mark going forward.

And what to do with Brandon LaFell? He can’t be ignored anymore, so perhaps it’s reasonable to slot him in the WR3 range. LaFell is a solid receiver, but you have to think he’s playing above his head right now. The presence of Brady and Gronkowski might actually keep him in the WR3 conversation, but it’s still the Patriots. There is a ceiling. Outside the QB and TE, no one is guaranteed touches every week. Read more

Deep League Target: Will Martavis Bryant Breakout As A Viable Option?

by Ray Kuhn

Entering the season Marcus Wheaton was a popular sleeper option. The second year receiver was talented and also familiar with Pittsburgh’s offense. Perhaps more importantly, with the departure of Emmanuel Sanders, there was a role to be filled opposite Antonio Brown.

However lurking in the shadows is Martavis Bryant.

Through seven games, the Steelers certainly have given Wheaton a chance to show what he can do. Wheaton isn’t done by any means, at worst he would drop to the third receiver, but the problem is that would make him fifth in line for targets in the passing game.

We know all about what Antonio Brown and what he can do (I’ll avoid any UPS related puns), and then you have Le’Veon Bell and Heath Miller, who are both intricate parts of  the passing game with 43 and 36 targets respectively. No one is going to come close to Brown and his 50 receptions on 74 targets, but there is still value to be had for a second receiver, especially as a deep threat. Read more

Deep League Stash: Could Donte Moncrief Emerge In Indianapolis?

by Ray Kuhn

At this point in the season we know that the Colts offense is prolific. Andrew Luck is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and they are a good source of fantasy production across the board.  We know all about Ahmad Bradshaw and TY Hilton, both must start options and have both exceeded their draft values. Will anyone else will reap the rewards of Luck for the remainder of the season, though?

Of course there is old reliable Reggie Wayne. The veteran receiver has 38 receptions on 62 targets for 434 yards and one touchdown. Last week he had just four catches for 15 yards before he injured his elbow. From a snap perspective the injury didn’t affect Wayne, but it did appear to impact his performance as he dropped two balls he normally would have caught.

Wayne had an MRI that didn’t appear to show anything serious, and the early word is that he might miss one or two weeks. At this point we haven’t heard anything definitive on Wayne’s status for this week, but my expectation is that he won’t be much of a factor this week, if he does play at all.

So who stands to gain the most from Wayne’s injury? Read more

Moving Targets Week 8: Who Has Seen A Recent Increase In Targets & More

by Ivar G. Anderson

This week we go through the Top 49 players receiving targets, mainly because No. 52 is injured (going miss you, Fred Jackson) and I decided to cut off the list at 40 targets. Not to worry, we can still discuss some of those who do not yet have 40 targets on the season when I look at some of the recent producers with regards to having the ball tossed to them after the chart: Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: Are Zac Stacy & Doug Martin Worth Holding On To?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously there have been a lot of disappointing running backs this season, but does that mean that they are simply droppable? Or, should we keep them stashed and hope that they figure things out? Let’s take a look and try to decipher a few of the situations:


Zac Stacy – St. Louis Rams
A fantasy hero a year ago, he has quickly fallen to complete fantasy zero. He clearly has fallen behind both Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham on the depth chart and it’s going to take a lot for him to suddenly get out of the doldrums and emerge as a viable weekly option once again. Read more